ERIC Number: ED295917
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching as Learning: The Personal Dimensions of Teacher Growth.
Mertz, Robert J.
This document traces the personal growth of teachers through the research literature and interviews and conversations with more than 40 elementary and secondary teachers. Chapter One provides an overview of teachers as artists, suggesting that teaching is a highly refined skill that requires knowledge and practice to master. Chapters Two and Three deal with the personal elements for change and growth in teaching, identifying recurrent themes drawn from interviews with teachers and synthesizing these themes with the research literature. Chapters Four and Five describe the organizational environment that promotes growth, drawing upon the growing body of literature about institutional cultures in industry and schools. The focus is on how a school's culture or climate can enhance teachers' personal and professional growth. In Chapter Five, teachers describe their views of change processes in their individual buildings. Chapter Six highlights the major themes and considers the implication of teachers' personal growth states for school improvement and artistic teaching. The final chapter presents several fictive descriptions of schools, depicting what some alternatives might be. In addition, there are nine "reflections," one or more at the end of each chapter, that call upon the reader to do critical-inquiry exercises about the nature of learning and teaching, including several instruments for measuring personal and career satisfaction. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus.