ERIC Number: ED308160
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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From the Outside In and Back Again: A Sociological Analysis of the Acquisition, Evaluation, and Utilization of a Teacher's Occupational Knowledge.
Schempp, Paul G.
Using an educational theory labeled the new sociology of knowledge, this paper examines how an individual teacher acquires, evaluates, and utilizes the knowledge necessary to live and work as a physical education teacher in a high school and in a community. The study endeavored to locate the sources of the teacher's occupational knowledge, understand the processes used in evaluating that knowledge, and recognize the modes and functions of that knowledge in physical education classes. Data collection and analyses focused on the culture and subcultures informing and influencing the teacher's work. Particular attention was given to the cultures of community, school, and profession. Findings analyze five primary sources of knowledge appropriated by the teacher: (1) the community; (2) the school; (3) the teaching profession; (4) personal biography; and (5) occupational exerience. Results led to the conclusion that the teacher's personal biography and perceptions of the messages embedded in school and community cultures played primary roles in shaping and defining the teacher's pedagogical practice in physical education. It is noted that recognition of the cultural codes embedded in the intellectual activity of a teacher identifies the social mission performed by schools. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 27-31, 1989).