ERIC Number: ED340706
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
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What's French about French Teachers' Views of the Classroom?
Anderson-Levitt, Kathryn M.
The study described here was conducted to compare classrooms in France and the United States. Two brief episodes from a U.S. first-grade classroom and two from a French first-grade classroom were shown to groups of parents and teachers in France, and to groups of teachers in the United States. Participants were asked to record their reactions on a written questionnaire and in group discussions. Questions were open-ended and viewers were asked to list events they noticed and describe students' and teachers' behaviors. Findings suggest three tentative conclusions: (1) some teachers' beliefs and values are part of their national culture; (2) many elements of teachers' professional teaching culture might best be analyzed in the context of their national culture of schooling; and (3) some beliefs and values about teaching belong to a culture which is neither a professional nor a national culture. Appendixes include: descriptions of the taped episodes; the viewing sessions; a sample page of the questionnaire; and tables listing tentative analysis from preliminary coding. (LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: France; United States