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ERIC Number: ED360285
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 32
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Co-Constructing the Zone: A Neo-Vygotskian View of Microteaching.
Vare, Jonatha W.
This paper looks at the behaviorist phenomenon of microteaching through a neo-Vygotskian theoretical lens, employing a case study of two groups of prospective teachers being coached by a professor or clinical instructor. The paper attempts to broaden Vygotsky's notion of the zone of proximal development (ZPD) by conceptualizing the ZPD as a special kind of strategic relationship. This view of microteaching examines how social, cultural, and historical conditions constitute the processes by which prospective teachers learn to teach. It examines how the concept of the ZPD has been portrayed as a "construction zone," a created, shared space in which meaning is constructed. The paper attempts to show how the ZPD is co-constructed by the persons who form the teaching-learning relationship and how the "construction zone" continually comes into being as meanings and tasks are negotiated and renegotiated within the historical context of a strategic relationship. It analyzes manifestations of power and knowledge, and places power/knowledge connections within the broader historical context of the teacher preparation program. The paper then analyzes microteaching as autonomous school learning and as connected labor. (Contains 29 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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