ERIC Number: ED490724
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb-25
Reference Count: 6
Using Poetry to Encourage Passion, Courage, and Wisdom: Reflections from a Preservice Teacher Education Course
Evans, Allen D.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Oregon Association of Teacher Educators (Portland, OR, Feb 25, 2005)
"Courage Work," based on the writings of Parker Palmer, often involves the use of poetry as a vehicle for exploring and examining teachers' inner lives. This paper discusses how poetry was used with a group of undergraduate preservice elementary teachers in the Fall 2004 term, to explore how students responded to the poetry, particularly in light of developing a personal sense of passion, courage, and wisdom. Using selected poems shared on a weekly basis, coupled with group discussion and individual journaling, the personal reflections of three students are presented. The reflections provide a unique insight into the "inner lives" of these potential teachers, as will as enhancing the instructor's understanding of each student. Suggestions for further explorations are also provided.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A