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ERIC Number: ED398568
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Dec-1
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Are You Listening? Honoring the Voices of Preservice and Inservice Teachers in a Learning Community.
Ford, Michael P.
A study examined "Learning Community" meetings at the College of Education and Human Services at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in which professors, inservice teachers, and preservice teachers in a 15-hour semester block connected with a clinical field experience meet and engage in dialogue about the program. A total of four Learning community meetings were tape recorded and transcribed. Results indicated that (1) in three of the four meetings, all voices were heard to some degree, but the voice of the professor was overrepresented at all meetings; (2) the meetings focused on taking care of the business of the learning community--its potential use as a vehicle for collaborative study and research never really materialized; and (3) the preservice teachers valued the field experiences. Findings suggest a dilemma--as preservice and inservice teachers become co-contributors to learning communities, their voices will grow stronger. How will teacher educators honor preservice teachers' voices without losing their own? (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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