ERIC Number: EJ1030578
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
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Frustrated Returns: Biography, Parental Figures, and the Apprenticeship of Observation
Greenwalt, Kyle A.
Curriculum Inquiry, v44 n3 p306-331 Jun 2014
This article examines the processes by which the past experiences of undergraduate teacher candidates with their parental figures return in the present, thereby shaping both the nature and the meaning of the experiences offered to them in their initial field placement. Using phenomenological and psychoanalytic lenses, I analyze findings from an ongoing, multiyear study of four aspiring teacher candidates, exploring the life experiences that these teacher candidates brought with them to their teacher preparation program, and how these experiences determined what they could and could not learn in their first formal field experiences. I conclude the article by theorizing the special challenges teachers face in separating out their own childhoods from the childhoods of those they work with, and suggest ways institutionalized teacher education might do a better job of working with such challenges.
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Undergraduate Students, Experience, Parent Child Relationship, Phenomenology, Psychiatry, Longitudinal Studies, Learning, Preservice Teacher Education
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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