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ERIC Number: ED308586
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 29
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Teaching/Learning in a Social Community: A Taxonomy of Social Interactions among Elementary Teachers.
Heine, David A.
School faculties are complex social communities consisting of countless social interactions that weave the larger web of social relationships. Collective observations of 16 teachers and the author, in an Indiana elementary school over 1 year, identified several distinct forms of social encounters: affirmations are interactions that, while serving to develop and maintain social relationships, can be used to avoid deeper social commitments; onlooking behavior allows the onlooker to interact from a distance with little of the risk associated with more direct participation; tutelar social encounters place one participant as an expert and others as learners; directive situations create a hierarchy, distribute political power among those involved, and deny participants a role in knowledge creation; involvement in parallel tasks allows freedom to pursue individual interests while retaining the capability of interacting with others; individual social thoughts are responses to the larger, yet not physically present, social community; cooperative social behavior enables a task to be assumed and completed that otherwise (alone) would have been difficult; collaborative interactions reconstruct participants' perceptions to include those insights generated as a group. As educators come to understand and value learning as a social process, the potential for reconceptualization of self-perceptions as teachers and the act of learning is being realized. (KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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