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ERIC Number: ED386712
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Pages: 26
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Towards a New Metaphor in Literacy Teacher Thought Processes: Understanding Teachers' Spectra of Beliefs and the Chaos of Teaching.
Speaker, Richard B., Jr.; Madison, Susan Gomez
Understanding the ideas of chaos theory and spectra of teachers' beliefs about literacy provides an additional method of examining, organizing, and interpreting the complex research findings in the area of literacy teachers' thought processes. Historically, research paradigms in the area of teacher thought processes have ranged from the process-product to classroom ethnography. Studies of teacher thinking and knowledge in relation to literacy practices have been designed to document the relationship between teacher belief systems and instructional behaviors or decisions relating to student literacy. The range of findings in such studies suggests a complex interplay of teacher beliefs and behaviors. S. G. Madison uses the metaphor of a spectrum to describe the range of teacher beliefs about literacy, their knowledge, and planning and decision-making processes. Examining more complex systems of teacher beliefs and the nature of literacy teacher behavior is possible under the theory of chaos, the study of nonlinear dynamic systems. The object of research becomes description and understanding of complex educational systems such as those which represent teacher thought processes and beliefs as they operate within the literacy classroom. (Contains 48 references and 10 figures of data.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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