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ERIC Number: ED352639
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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The Influence of Context, Community, and Culture: Contrasting Cases of Teacher Knowledge Development.
Fox, Dana L.
A study investigated the importance of context, community, and culture in learning to teach. Two secondary English teachers in their first year of teaching were interviewed eight times before, during, and after their first year of teaching. Data also included participant-observation in each of 11 weekly student teaching seminars, non-participant observation of student teaching, written artifacts, and semi-structured interviews with cooperating teachers, principals, and students. Results indicated that the subjects found themselves situated among a number of cultures--the academic community, the English education community, cooperating teachers, and the adolescent community--cultures that provided them with conflicting views of English, of teaching, and of schooling. Findings suggest that: teacher candidates need regular opportunities to articulate and to develop their conceptions of teaching and learning; teacher education programs should promote community; and teacher educators must reconsider the importance of context in learning to teach. Future research, a longitudinal investigation, will focus on the developing attitudes and perspectives of one group of teacher candidates as they are inducted into the profession. (Thirty references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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