ERIC Number: ED282847
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Sep-30
Reference Count: 0
Teachers' Practical Ways of Seeing and Making Sense: A Final Report.
Erickson, Frederick; And Others
This study examined how different elementary school teachers learn to observe and make practical sense of what happens in their classrooms daily. The major focus of the study was on: (1) how teachers' ways of seeing are learned and how they change across years of experience in teaching and within each school year; (2) how what teachers come to notice and interpret in their classrooms may differ as a result of their experience in teaching in inner-city or suburban schools; and (3) how teachers' practical seeing-from-within-the action may differ from the more distanced observation patterns of intermittent visitors to the classroom. Those studied included experienced teachers, first-year teachers, and undergraduate majors. The first section of this report identifies the main themes of the study. The second section contains four case studies of experienced teachers who were observed and interviewed over an entire school-year, and case studies of four beginning teachers, and then compares the ways of seeing of beginning and experienced teachers. The final section of the report reviews the main themes from the case studies of the beginning and experienced teachers. A survey of conclusions is presented derived from the various case studies, and the implications of these findings for preservice and continuing teacher education are discussed. The implications of the findings for policy decisions regarding the nature of the work life and professional socialization of teachers are discussed. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Research on Teaching.