ERIC Number: ED319718
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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Toward a Model of Expert Teachers' Knowledge Structures: The Identification of Common Features across Studies.
Lindsay, Jean S.
This paper presents a case history of an experienced special education teacher for the purpose of describing the nature of the teacher's knowledge structures. Data were gathered from interviews, stimulated recall of videotapes, and descriptions of her classroom. Similarities were found between her knowledge structures and those of other expert teachers. Data from studies by cognitive psychologists have indicated that expertise is the product of interactions between knowledge structures and processing abilities. Descriptions are given of this teacher's community, school, classroom, and the teacher herself. The investigation found that this teacher, like other expert teachers, had a large repertoire of highly flexible routines that required little or no monitoring or explanation because the students were familiar with them. It was also found that the expert teacher's knowledge structures are highly contextual and tied both to tasks that must be accomplished and to the events of the particular classroom. Serious questions were raised by the study about the kinds of constraints that are placed on teachers, which may be more characteristic of special education classes than of regular classes. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the 1990 meeting of the Eastern Education Research Association.