ERIC Number: ED195351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Teachers' Beliefs: An Influence on the Lives of Children.
Ross, Dorene D.
This study investigates the relationship between teachers' beliefs and practices in three kindergarten classrooms and identifies four factors which seem to influence that relationship. Information about the classrooms was collected using the classroom disclosure approach, a form of educational criticism which combines and adapts methods from ethnography and aesthetic criticism. Observation, interviewing, and the collection of artifacts were the major tools of investigation. The three teachers differed in their beliefs about teaching and children and in their abilities to implement those beliefs. Factors that appear to influence teachers' ability to implement practices based on their beliefs are: (1) clarity of beliefs; (2) the ability to perceive connections between beliefs and practices; (3) awareness of alternative practices; and (4) perceptions about the beliefs of school system officials. The results of the analysis are seen to have implications for teacher education and the roles of teacher support personnel and administrators. The results also suggest that teachers need not feel isolated and powerless, and that by reflecting on professional concerns and sharing insights and information with their supervisors and peers, they can influence the teaching environment. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (Atlanta, GA, November 8-11, 1979).