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ERIC Number: ED347123
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Pages: 29
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Wrestling with the Angel: What Student Teachers Learn from Writing Cases.
Kleinfeld, Judith
This paper examines what student teachers learn from writing a case about their student teaching experience. An analytic framework was developed to understand what students learn from writing such narratives. It contained six elements: (1) an intention, which formed the springboard for the dramatic action; (2) an initial conceptual map which contained a causal model of the social world, scripts, and images; (3) the experience itself; (4) the interpretation of the experience; (5) a revised conceptual map through which the student tried to make sense of both the initial ideas and the interpreted experience; and (6) questions which the experience raised. Students' thinking changed as they wrote cases. They began with conceptual maps that were rigid, simplistic, and implicit, and ended with maps that were much more complex, contextual, and explicit. Students ended their cases with questions for continued inquiry. Appendices contain figures graphically describing changes in students' thinking through case writing, including examples of changes in the conceptual map over time. Also attached is a copy of the assignment entitled "Writing a Case Study Of Your Student Teaching Experience: What Have You Learned?" (Author/LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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