ERIC Number: ED187667
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Practitioners' Concepts: An Inquiry into the Wisdom of Practice.
This paper makes a case for the existence and study of the wisdom of practice by looking at educational practitioners' concepts as its locus and source. (These concepts may also be described as the accumulated "folk wisdom" of the teaching community). These communal concepts, part of an accumulated lore regarding teaching and education in general, have evocative, generative, and delimiting functions in the creation of a teacher's universe of alternatives for choice. This paper inquires into the interaction of these communal concepts with a teacher's capacity for choice, and examines how the professional folklore surrounding a teacher may affect decision-making processes. Of human choice and change the paper offers a conservative, rather than a rationalistic viewpoint, which is in turn applied to the practice and theory of education itself. (Authors/LH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Research on Teaching.