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ERIC Number: ED294841
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Pages: 27
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Teaching and Being: Connecting Teachers' Accounts of Their Lives with Classroom Practice.
Ayers, William
This paper demonstrates the use of the autobiographical method for understanding the complex personal perspectives of teachers as they reflect upon their lives as teachers and individuals. The perspective includes the intellectual, ethical, and emotional stance of the teacher who is engaged in, and reflecting upon teaching. The subjective experiences and the personal feelings of teachers are regarded as valuable for an understanding of teaching. Brief case studies are presented of four preschool teachers. To gather ethnographic and autobiographical information on the teachers they were observed in the classroom setting, interviewed to create for each a "life-narrative", and they engaged in personal correspondence with the author. In interviews, vignettes, and interpretive activities,the goal was to build up a store of reflective information about practice and background in order to develop the beginnings of a thoughtful co-biographical narrative. A discussion is presented on the value of using an autobiographical method to achieve a deeper understanding of the teacher's art. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988).