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ERIC Number: ED472394
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-20
Pages: 36
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Learning to Hope, or Hoping to Learn? The Role of Vision in the Early Professional Lives of Teachers.
Hammerness, Karen
This paper asserts that the concept of teachers' vision (teachers' images of their ideal classroom practices) may provide a particularly powerful way of understanding variations in teachers' experiences and dealing with prospective teachers' experiences of "reality shock" or disillusionment when entering the profession. It proposes that understanding teachers' vision may offer a good way to appreciate the decisions that teachers make and the experiences they have in the classroom. By examining the visions of two new teachers, the paper demonstrates how vision can help provide a better understanding of what and how the teachers choose to teach, how much they challenge their students, what they learn about teaching and schooling, and whether or not they elect to remain in the profession. Drawing upon the two cases, this paper suggests some implications for how focusing upon vision in teacher education programs could help better support and sustain teachers who have become frustrated in their teaching lives and work. It notes the importance of achieving a balance between attention to the visions of individuals and attention to the visions of institutions. (Contains 18 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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