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ERIC Number: ED361647
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
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Manifesting a Whole Language Perspective: Novice Teachers in Action.
Smith, Michael S.
An interpretive field study examined how beginning teachers with a whole language perspective went about manifesting their beliefs. Using the methods of purposeful sampling, four student teachers who were both committed and knowledgeable concerning the tenets of whole language were observed and interviewed during the student teaching experience. Results indicated that each of the student teachers maintained her whole language philosophy. Five categories emerged depicting the beliefs and teaching practices of these student teachers: (1) existing school practices; (2) knowledge and learning; (3) curriculum; (4) concept of teacher; and (5) concept of student. Findings suggest that the student teachers' beliefs and teaching practices matched very closely with the dimensions outlined by those calling for reflective teaching and that teacher preparation programs interested in developing reflection in future teachers might consider whole language philosophy. (Contains 30 references.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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