ERIC Number: ED243865
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Reflections on Classroom Life: An Empirical Base for Professional Development. Progress Report #3.
Holly, Mary Louise
This study was designed to add to the knowledge bases of teaching and professional development. It is a phenomenological study of the classroom teacher and a group of seven elementary school teachers who reflected upon, wrote about, and discussed their lives as classroom teachers over a one-year period. Teachers kept written diaries which contained their thoughts and feelings about daily events and circumstances that affected them as teachers. The diaries provided topics for discussion at weekly seminar sessions on teaching and professional development. Biweekly participant observations in each classroom were made by the researcher. In this report, a description of the last third of the project is presented. Methods of analysis in teacher portrait construction are discussed. Portraits of four teachers constructed from the multiple data sources (diaries, transcriptions of seminar sessions, slides of each classroom and school, observations of participants' teaching and field notes, and informal conferences and interviews with each teacher in each school) are offered. An outline and brief description of the final report is presented. Also included are two appendices, an article and monograph: (1) "Teacher Reflections on Classroom Life: Collaboration and Professional Growth" and (2) "Keeping a Personal Professional Journal." (JMK)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Classroom Environment, Diaries, Elementary School Teachers, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Peer Relationship, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Background, Teaching Styles, Writing (Composition)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kent State Univ., OH.