ERIC Number: ED422398
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Two Methods of Essence in the Study of Teacher Growth: Presentation of a Specific Case.
Goodwin, David R.; Witz, Klaus G.
This paper summarizes a qualitative approach called the "method of essence" for use within-depth interview projects to further understand the deeper unities of a particular phenomenon of interest, developed by K. Witz in his research and in connection with his work with doctoral students (K. Witz, D. Goodwin, R. Hart, and H. Thomas, 1998). It was used by D. Goodwin in his dissertation research on the phenomenon of teacher growth (D. Goodwin, 1998). Aspects of the portrait of John, one of Goodwin's participants, are exhibited to provide a specific case where the method was used to gain a deeper understanding of the nature of growth in a teacher, expressed as the "essence of the story of growth." The method of essence advocates the investigator's becoming increasingly aware of, sensitive to, and more able to feel the inner dimensions of the teacher in relation to the investigator's compassion for the object of study that also maintains absolute respect for the integrity, depth, and unity of the person/self. It urges the investigator to move in the direction of truth in support of the growth and realization of human potential. An attachment presents a key for reading transcribed passages from interviews. (Contains 1 figure and 27 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998).