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ERIC Number: ED431744
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 17
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Concentric Storying: A Vehicle for Professional Development in Teacher Education.
Elliott, Anne; Drake, Susan M.
This paper introduces a method of storying called concentric storying, describing its development as a vehicle for both personal growth and professional development in preservice teacher education. Concentric storying is the process of deconstructing personal stories to reveal the core values and beliefs and acting as a catalyst for the reconstruction of a new story governed by new beliefs and values. Concentric storying is a collaborative process whereby the reflections on story are made within a group. It offers a unique alternative model for professional development that can benefit teacher educators, action researchers, preservice students, and graduate education students. While concentric storying has proven to be a powerful vehicle for most students, there are some students who cannot make any connections across their stories. This tends to be linked to acceptance of story as a legitimate learning tool and the skill level of the group members to be both reflective and collaborative. Concentric storying has value as a classroom tool, and students tend to respond positively to the process. (Contains 41 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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