ERIC Number: ED362479
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
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Fostering Student and Teacher Competence: Exposing the Lies.
Dancy, Linda Caldwell
Conventional approaches to teaching and learning perpetrate lies about the nature of knowledge, self-worth, and growth. Working with Foxfire and authentic assessment can offer teachers an opportunity to discover emancipating truths. These approaches demonstrate the value of students' growth in their own competence and in their self-direction. The practice of presenting information in an organized pattern and testing for comprehension tells the learner the lie that knowledge is the acquisition of another person's thinking and work. As teachers grow in their comprehension of the vastness of knowledge available, it is only natural that they shrink in their sense of self-worth. Teachers need to be trusted to construct knowledge from their experiences and from new concepts offered to them, rather than having educational changes dictated to them. (JDD)
Descriptors: Cognitive Structures, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Individual Development, Instruction, Knowledge Level, Performance Based Assessment, Professional Development, Self Esteem, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Development, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 12-16, 1993).