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ERIC Number: ED409297
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 191
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-8077-3583-3
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)
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
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Foreword by Sari Kuopp Biklen.