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ERIC Number: ED438536
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 309
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 0-8141-5573-1
Unplayed Tapes: A Personal History of Collaborative Teacher Research. The Practitioner Inquiry Series.
Fishman, Stephen M.; McCarthy, Lucille
In this book, two teachers share their experiences as researchers to confront and address the current disagreements about whether empirical research or narrative recounting is a better research model. In the book they seek to transcend these disagreements by endorsing an integrative approach that covers all aspects of practitioner inquiry, joining discussion of the history of the field, its theory, and its various research techniques with presentation of their own classroom studies. Using the contrasting orientations of Ann Berthoff and Lawrence Stenhouse to better understand their own views, the two teacher researchers in this book open the "unplayed tapes" of conversations behind four of their published studies--in doing so they trace their struggles to create a style of inquiry that utilizes both approaches, mixing features of empirical research with elements of teacher story. The book concludes by offering teacher researchers specific tips about how to integrate theory and data, insider and outsider perspectives, and contrasting methodologies. Appendix contains a memo to focus students about think-alouds (a brain-storming process). Also contains reprints of the four studies and a 205-item bibliography. (Each chapter contains references.) (NKA)
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Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.