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ERIC Number: ED383663
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Principles Underlying the Classroom Decision-Making of Two Kindergarten Teachers.
Hsieh, Yinghui; Spodek, Bernard
With the growing recognition that teachers' decisions are guided by their thinking and knowledge, this study examines the educational principles of two experienced kindergarten teachers' classroom decisions and actions and shows how teachers' ideas are related to classroom practice. Data were collected from mid-March to early June and from late August through October, 1993, in the form of participant observation, interviews, videotaping, and document collection. Both teachers had taught in the same school district in Illinois for over 10 years, and their students were from mostly working-class families. Four major findings emerged. First, the study successfully used educational principles to conceptualize the teachers' practical knowledge of teaching. Second, the educational principles that guided the participants' decisions and actions were derived from images of themselves as teachers as well as from knowledge of and values and beliefs about children's learning and development, curriculum, teaching processes, and classroom organization. Third, the teachers' vision of themselves as teacher played an important role in their interpretation of their actions and classroom events. Fourth, the teacher's practical knowledge was found to evolve out of both personal and professional experience. (Contains 20 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois