ERIC Number: ED292793
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Feb
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Action Research and Reflective Student Teaching at UW--Madison: Issues and Examples.
Noffke, Susan E.; Brennan, Marie
This paper outlines some of the issues that emerged from guiding student teachers through the experience of conducting action research. Action research was used a a way of working toward a student teaching experience that would provide opportunities and structures to facilitate and enhance the students' development as reflective teachers. Several different approaches were used in introducing action research to student teachers. To clarify their thinking, it was emphasized that the study was a means of obtaining and applying practical results to specific classroom situations. Students were also given some insight into data-gathering and observation as ways to develop their reflective teaching practices. In a discussion on how the student teachers were helped to reflect within their action research, a description is given of the "cosmic egg," a teaching tool developed to aid critical reflection by emphasizing the interrelatedness of all dimensions of an educational issue. The final section of this report considers issues that emerged from the experience of student teacher practice of action research. The appendices include a list of projects undertaken by the students, a diagram of the "cosmic egg," examples of action research reports written by student teachers, and a list of resources on using action research. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (San Diego, CA, February 13-17, 1988).