ERIC Number: ED296964
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
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Sharing Professional Savvy for Mutual Purpose: Researcher and Teacher Join Hands.
Cole, Ardra L.
When researcher and teacher are united in a common goal of increased understanding, it is a mutally dependent and mutually beneficial endeavour. This paper reports on the methodology used in a recent classroom investigation of teachers' expressed beliefs in which each of the two participating teachers was engaged as co-researcher involved in the design, conduct, and interpretation of the work. The study, built on the principles of mutual adaptation, exemplifies Hunt's (1987) notions of reflexivity, responsiveness, and reciprocality, and reflects an understanding of teaching as experienced and articulated by the two teacher/co-investigators. Information was gathered using the ethnographic techniques of participation, observation, and interview-discussion, and documented in the form of field notes, audiotapes, written teacher statements and reflections, and written researcher reflections. The distinctive feature of the methodology and the theme of this paper is the feedback component of "descriptive summaries" which transformed the research process into a cycle of experiential learning. I use an example of a descriptive summary to illustrate the essentiality of ongoing feedback in research to inform, guide, and benefit the researcher, the practitioner, and the research itself. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988).