ERIC Number: ED220512
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Uncovering the Hidden Dimensions of Meaning in Descriptions of Educational Practice.
Harris, Ilene B.
Descriptions of educational practice offer an array of important, but typically hidden dimensions of meaning which provide potentially rich resources for understanding the practices. This paper illustrates: (1) how analysis, interpretations, and assessments interpenetrate what appear to be descriptions and suggest how readers can tease out these dimensions of meaning; (2) how descriptions take on dimensions of meaning within contexts of discourse through the functions they serve; (3) how authors choose among vehicles of expression of three types-media, foci, and terms (literal ordinary language, vocabularies of disciplines, and figurative language)--in ways that reflect and convey their views of educational practice, teaching, and the particular practices that are the subjects of their descriptions; and (4) how descriptions provide grist for eliciting the rationales and generalizable approaches of the teachers portrayed (filtered through the selective lenses of descriptions' authors). (Author/PN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Educational Criticism
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (66th, New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).