ERIC Number: ED324745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Teachers Document Their Work: A Strategy for School Based Professional Development.
Teachers' documentations of classroom episodes in their professional lives and group reflections of those episodes are investigated in this report. Documentation is utilized as a history of teaching practice. Forty-four teachers and 19 student teachers documented one classroom episode per week according to structured and unstructured criteria and participated in group discussions of the episodes. Research objectives included: (1) to identify content characteristics of episodes documented by teachers who were asked to document events in their professional lives; (2) to identify linguistic styles of documented episodes, such as rhetorical sequence and level of involvement; (3) to disclose ways in which documented professional episodes may serve the process of school based professional development of teachers; and (4) to create instances of authentic professional "cases" for use in teacher education programs. Findings indicate that analysis of shared experiences contributes to professional growth of teachers by providing resources for self-evaluation and reflection and intercollegial problem solving. One table and figure are included. (7 references) (LMI)
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 16-20, 1990).