ERIC Number: ED389253
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Being Open to the Possibilities: A Phenomenological Approach toward Appreciating Diverse Ways of Knowing.
Buske-Zainal, Patricia M.
"What is it like to be in teaching together?" has been the guiding question for this hermeneutic phenomenological study with the full-time faculty of a small engineering college. It notes the faculty struggles and conflicts arising from diverse ways of knowing associated with gender and academic discipline differences. It also explores differing faculty orientations toward meeting with each other, learning, being teachers versus doing teaching, and teaching in an engineering environment. Finally, the paper makes specific recommendations on ways of "being open to the possibilities" in the teaching life in order to have the opportunity to realize one's full potential as a human being. This involves encouraging teachers and students to be creative inquirers who appreciate diverse ways of knowing that cross academic boundaries from the spiritual, literary, and artistic domains to those grounded in logic often associated with science and technology. (Contains 30 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 18-22, 1995). Based on a Doctoral Dissertation.