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ERIC Number: ED345508
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Learning Teaching: "InterTeaching" and Other Views of the Development of Teachers' Knowledge.
Freeman, Donald
A discussion of classroom teaching addresses two questions about how teachers learn to teach: (1) What do teachers know and how do they use that knowledge to do what they do in the classroom?; and (2) How do teachers learn what they know? In response to the first question, it is proposed that teaching can be seen from three basic perspectives: as doing; as thinking and doing; and as knowing what to do. The last of these is seen as leading to the second question. In response to this question, three phases of teacher learning are examined: the foundation on which the prospective teacher begins to build teaching knowledge; the process of assembling knowledge; and the process of learning teaching over time. Finally a metaphor for teacher learning is suggested, drawing on the concept of interlanguage in second language learning. "InterTeaching" is defined as the teacher's movement toward effective and self-sufficient practice. The metaphor is found useful both for projecting order and rationale onto the highly individual experience of learning to teach and as a focus for further investigation of the process of learning teaching. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Washington Area Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (October 1991).