ERIC Number: ED410118
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Classroom Stories about Knowledge, Teaching, Learning, and Common Ground.
This paper contains two stories that highlight a high school science teacher's search for common ground with four students. "Common ground" is a metaphor for shared experiences among teachers and students. The purpose of this qualitative research was to examine: (1) What knowledge, teaching, and learning evolve from the classroom experiences of the teacher and students? (2) What classroom experiences achieve common ground between the teacher and students? and (3) What kinds of classroom experiences could be used to maximize student learning? The first story is an excursion lesson in a year 12 marine studies class where students engage in boat handling skills. The second story takes place in a traditional classroom setting where one student struggles to find relevance in the course. Implications for this research are that teachers who hold positivistic views of knowledge ought to provide classroom experiences which are authentic to the students; teachers skepticism about curriculum topics may interfere with the development of common ground; and common ground is not a leveling of power between teachers and students, rather it occurs as teachers gain their students' respect, not due to their position but because of their expertise and adeptness in communicating with students. Appendices include data collection instruments. Contains 12 references. (Author/JRH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Qualitative Methodology Conference (1st, Los Angeles, CA, June 20-22, 1997).