ERIC Number: ED307268
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Community and Place in the Conversation of Teaching.
Yinger, Robert J.
This essay explores the metaphors of language and conversation as a way to connect thought and action in understanding teaching. The goal of the essay is to look more closely at the influence of context and situation on the conversation of teachers--not only a means of interaction, communication, and thought but also a type of relationship with one's surroundings. The discussion centers around the three partners to a conversation--a practitioner, colleagues (those sharing an interest or objective), and a place (a community of involved persons). The assertion of the essay is that community and place have value, and moreover, that community and place are necessary for healthy practice and healthy people. The conversation of teaching, to be effective and health-giving, must be embedded in a community of practice and place. In school settings, these communities are built through dialogue and discussion, collaboration, services rendered and received, conjoint successes and failures, celebration, and mutual support. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Florida Conference on Reflective Inquiry: Contexts and Assessments (Orlando, FL, October 20-22, 1988).