ERIC Number: ED444967
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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The Rationale Paper: Structured Reflection for Teachers.
Penick, John E.
This paper describes: the characteristics and value of a research-supported rationale for teaching; mechanisms for teaching others how to develop and maintain a personal teaching rationale; and ways teachers can use their own rationale to improve their own and others' teaching. It focuses on using the rationale approach in teacher education. Section 1 describes the ideal teacher, noting that such a person should have a strong and personal research-supported rationale for teaching. Section 2 examines the meaning of the word rationale in the context of teaching. Section 3 discusses the rationale as a teaching and learning tool. Sections 4 and 5 focus on generating and developing goals for students and on the teacher's role, highlighting a number of proven and essential aspects for using the rationale process as a core of a teacher education course or program. Section 6 discusses the rationale defense required of student teachers at the end of the semester. Section 7 discusses how student teachers have benefited from having to develop and defend their rationales over the course of the preservice teacher education program. (Contains 11 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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