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ERIC Number: ED563389
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 206
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3035-1057-1
From Roots to Blossoms: A Description of the Shared Teaching Experiences of Jamaican Teacher Educators
Mayne, Hope Antoinette
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The study explored teaching and teacher education in the postcolonial context, Jamaica, based on arguments that Jamaica's education system and teacher training is constructed on its colonial past and the heavy reliance on knowledge from the West. It provided a rich description of the shared teaching experiences of teacher educators in Jamaica, answering the central research questions: (a) How do teacher educators see themselves in their practice? (b) What do teacher educators understand to be the impact of colonization on education and their teaching (teacher education), and how do they evaluate this? (c) How do teacher educators describe their education, and how does this impact their teacher education practice? (d) How do they describe their practice? (e) What does this practice look like? The study was framed on a qualitative research design and used theories of phenomenology to uncover lived experiences of teacher educators. Data collection methods were in-depth interviews, observations, and focus groups. Fourteen participants were included in the study from three teacher education sites in Jamaica. A postcolonial theoretical perspective was used to interpret the findings, but also drew on critical pedagogy and critical thinking to explain the emerging phenomenon. Data were coded and analyzed using the cross-case analysis thematic design. Based on the theoretical perspectives, I reported these findings: Teacher educators see the impact of colonialism as having an inherent value in the construction of knowledge; it is historically and socially embedded, reproduced, and a fostered dependency. Their educational background has impacted who they are as teacher educators in that it gave them the foundation needed to frame their own perceptions about teaching and learning. They find benefit in adopting new approaches, in particular, student-centered classrooms, but this is not without challenges. Teacher educators' teaching philosophy is reflective of these characteristics: developing teacher characteristics in a loving and structured way, fostering constructive classrooms, sharing experiences, and preparing students for life. Their classroom practice is innovative, facilitative, structured, and consultative. Some challenges they encounter in their practice are a disconnect with theory and practice, limited exposure of the real experience in microteaching sessions, challenges with using learner-centered approaches, and poor language skills in the classroom. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Jamaica