ERIC Number: ED322124
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Self-Study: The Genesis of Reflection in Novice Teachers?
Pugach, Marleen C.
The purpose of this study was to explore the potential of a self-study project which required explicit self-monitoring as a tool for initiating reflection in a group of novice teachers during their student teaching experience. The study was structured to encourage student teachers to bring to a conscious level of awareness a problem within their own teaching practice to enable the ongoing monitoring of changes in teaching performance and the effects of the changes on students. A premise of this work was that it is essential for student teachers to be placed in a position of having to reflect on problems of practice which are of current concern to them. An important aspect of this exploratory study was the opportunity to examine the range of problems that student teachers would consider problematic. The student teachers were directed to identify a problem in their own practice, develop a means of addressing it, work on the problem until change was evident and consistent, and monitor progress explicitly. The paper presents the results of 18 self-study projects conducted by elementary education teachers. The work reported indicates that self-study may hold promise as a useful means of sensitizing novice teachers to self-monitoring as a critical feature of reflective teaching. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 17-20, 1990).