ERIC Number: ED295924
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct
Teachers' Voices in Curriculum Inquiry: A Conversation Among Teacher Educators.
Bennison, Anne; And Others
This document, in the form of a scripted conversation, represents the ongoing discussions of a group of teacher educators meeting regularly as a curriculum study group. One of several themes emerging from the conversations was that it is essential that the world-views of teachers be recognized, appreciated, and privileged. Serving as a core of much recent work in "action research," this position of professional respect is seen as enhancing work in curriculum theory and policy study. The point is also made that a collaborative understanding of teachers'"intuitive practical knowledge" between teachers and teacher educators will improve the work of both and enhance the likelihood of substantive educational change. Note is also taken of tensions and contradictions between what teachers sense intuitively and what is reflected in their practice. Specifically, teachers often confront scientistic views of teaching and learning (represented by testing and pressures for accountability), and frequently see researchers as being remote from the classroom, and conducting studies which are unrelated to teachers' lives in schools and classrooms. The point is made that teacher educators often share many of these feelings and need to work collaboratively with teachers to reconcile theory and practice. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice (Dayton, OH, October 28-31, 1987).