ERIC Number: EJ1057745
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
Transformative Inquiry in Teacher Education: Evoking the Soul of What Matters
Tanaka, Michele T. D.
Teacher Development, v19 n2 p133-150 2015
Teaching requires the navigation of an intricate terrain of complex and often overlapping issues, many of which extend beyond the classroom setting. Teachers are uniquely placed to influence large numbers of learners beyond the delivery of prescribed curriculum, and therefore need to be particularly careful and aware of their professional ways of being~doing~knowing. Transformative Inquiry (TI) is a specific approach offered to pre-service teachers that responds to complexity by embracing personal, social and environmental change. Through vignettes of her own teaching and learning, the contributor describes how the TI approach developed over her own professional career. These vignettes align with pre-service teachers' experience of the process and evoke the soul of what matters for educators who strive towards deep transformation in their practice of teaching and schooling. Significant elements discussed include: thinking partners; emotional engagement; learner autonomy; disrupting binaries; generous listening; relational accountability; accessing other ways of knowing; and reflexivity.
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Transformative Learning, Inquiry, Active Learning, Teacher Educators, Educational Practices, Experience, Personal Autonomy, Accountability, Psychological Patterns, Listening, Teacher Collaboration
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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