ERIC Number: ED325457
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Making New or Making Do: An Inconclusive Argument about Teaching. Issue Paper 90-7.
The idea that "breaks from experience" are necessary in teacher learning is a response to the fact that teachers come to their preparation with set ideas about their work that tend to fit with the given. This paper examines justifications for such "breaks" centering, first, on the limitations of what teachers learn through experience and, second, on comparisons of teacher learning with socialization in other professions. The argument questions the notion of teachers as experts and cautions against the confident pursuit of reforms. (Author)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Concept Formation, Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning, Lifelong Learning, Psychological Patterns, Socialization, Teacher Characteristics
National Center for Research on Teacher Education, 116 Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034 ($4.60).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Teacher Education, East Lansing, MI.