ERIC Number: ED319707
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
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Enhancing Pre-Service Teachers' Contextual Understandings about Their Learners.
Ryan, Patricia M.; Robinson, Karen S.
This study documents the benefits of tutoring as a clinical experience for the prospective teacher. The program was developed to give the teacher candidates a perspective on the likelihood that they will encounter vast differences between their life experiences and those of their students. These differences may be racial, ethnic, and/or cultural. The major objective of the tutoring experience is to provide contextual understanding of the individual student. During the tutoring period, the preservice teacher engages in inquiry about the student who is being tutored, the student's social and cultural contexts, and the school context. The teachers seek to understand the student's perception of school, teachers, parents, and other students. They are encouraged to learn as much as possible from the students and to compare these learnings with their own life situations in a series of story telling protocols. Critical and reflective thinking about the contextual discrepancies between home and school is stimulated through seminar sessions, journal writings, and anecdotal records. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Chicago, IL, March 28-31, 1990).