ERIC Number: ED409297
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Beginning in Retrospect. Writing and Reading a Teacher's Life.
Schmidt, Patricia A.
This book is an autobiographical effort to understand life as a person and as a high school English teacher, and how those two lives have intertwined. The text examines how the author, trained in certain ways, thinks of herself as a professional person. In addition to the subject of the teaching of reading and writing, the author explores how her common-sense and taken-for-granted knowledge about education, curriculum, and learning were constructed. She also examines a teacher's authority, both her own in classrooms where she has taught and that of her supervisors and professors. Chapters are titled: (1) "Languaging: Developing a Theory of Shared Experience and Authority"; (2) "A Beginning Teacher"; (3) "The Good Teacher"; (4) "Living in Books"; (5) "The First 15 Years, Alice in Wonderland"; (6) "Experiencing Literature and Theory, 1986-1990"; (7) "Reading Rosenblatt"; (8) "Theorizing the Reader, the Teacher, and Personal Knowledge"; (9) "The New York Stories, 1990-1992"; (10 "Educating the Spirit: Reflections on English Education"; and (11) "Beginnings in Retrospect: Self-Understanding and Education." (Contains 149 references.) (JLS)
Descriptors: Autobiographies, English Instruction, English Teachers, Feminism, High Schools, Individual Development, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Personal Narratives, Philosophy, Professional Development, Reflective Teaching, Secondary School Teachers, Self Actualization, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Improvement, Theory Practice Relationship, Writing Instruction
Teachers College Press, 1234 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027 (ISBN-0-8077-3584-1, cloth; ISBN-0-8077-3583-3, paper).
Publication Type: Books; Historical Materials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Foreword by Sari Kuopp Biklen.