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ERIC Number: ED430211
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 13
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Turning the Researcher Gaze Inward: Where Does My Pedagogy Come from?
Isaacs, Emily J.
A college English professor explores her pedagogical development as she recognizes her process-oriented teacher-centered pedagogy and considers a new philosophy incorporating a more student-centered teaching style introduced to her during graduate studies. Using teaching experience to reflect on the construction of teaching practice, she studies how basic writing teachers construct their pedagogy. Graduate research led her to believe that in order for teachers to be successful they need to figure out ways to adapt intellectually appealing writing theories and practices to their own deeply felt beliefs about teaching, learning, and writing. Focusing on the role she plays in the classroom, she set up a process of investigation. Her entertaining style of teaching, she began to realize, would prevent students from learning on their own. Finding the tools to change is easier than changing her teaching style. By accepting her own personality qualities, she was able to adapt the lessons learned from experience to the theories and ideas she learned from training and scholarship. Reflecting on her activity-obsessed personality, she realized that not everyone needs what she needs to be happy and feel successful; this might actually inhibit students' growth process and development. (SC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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