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ERIC Number: EJ1124874
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1911
In the Eye of the Beholder: Using Student Narratives to Explore Memorable Teachers
Koehler, Adrie A.; Newby, Timothy J.; Besser, Erin D.
Educational Review, v69 n2 p158-180 2017
Undergraduate students enrolled in an introductory educational technology course at a large US Midwestern public university completed a "greatest learning experience" narrative assignment, in which they were prompted to discuss and describe their best learning experience. In many of the narratives (n = 267), students discussed a memorable teacher. Using a coding framework informed by the literature, student narratives were analyzed using a descriptive deductive process. Results indicate that most students described memorable teachers as having a combination of instructional and interpersonal skills, possessing positive attributes (e.g. compassion, sense of humor), and leaving a personal or academic impact. Out of the coding categories, students were least likely to discuss specific positive attributes of the teacher compared to teacher skills/actions and impact. Additional results are shared and specific implications for teacher educators, practising educators, and pre-service teachers are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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