ERIC Number: ED419684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Inservice Science Supervisors' Stories: A Source of Practical Knowledge for Student Science Teachers.
Zuckerman, June Trop
This paper aims to demonstrate how listening to and discussing the stories inservice science supervisors tell about a novice science teacher provides an opportunity for student science teachers to construct practical knowledge about teaching. Three levels of practical knowledge of teaching are recognized: (1) rules of practice; (2) practical principles; and (3) images. During individual audiotaped interviews, inservice science supervisors were asked to "Tell me a story about a novice science teacher you've supervised." Thirty-two student teachers listened to the stories, discussed them, and then individually wrote what they came to know from the exercise. A list was made of all the student teachers' comments that embodied a rule, principle, or image. The various pieces of practical knowledge that the student teachers constructed cohered around four themes: the complex nature of teaching; planning and implementing lessons; professional improvement and growth; and the character, personality, and style of a teacher. Contains 20 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Concept Mapping, Constructivism (Learning), Educational Strategies, Higher Education, Knowledge Representation, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Education, Science Supervision, Scientific Methodology, Secondary Education, Story Telling, Student Teachers, Teacher Education Curriculum
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (71st, San Diego, CA, April 19-22, 1998).