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ERIC Number: EJ1146218
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1937-0814
Reform-Oriented Collaborative Inquiry as a Pedagogy for Student Teaching in Middle School
DeMink-Carthew, Jessica
Middle Grades Research Journal, v11 n1 p13-27 2017
Specialized middle level teacher education programs are an oft-purported lever for middle level education reform. Preparing teachers to enact "new" teaching practices that challenge the status quo in field placement schools presents a formidable challenge, however. This research investigated reform-oriented collaborative inquiry (ROCI), a framework developed by the author, as a pedagogy for facilitating reform-oriented student teaching. Qualitative methods were used to investigate the challenges and benefits experienced by the student teachers as they used ROCI to engage in reform-oriented student teaching. A case description is provided to illustrate how ROCI was used by 4 student teachers and 1 teacher educator to collaboratively develop a student-driven social action project aimed at engaging middle school students in "active, purpose learning" and "relevant curriculum." Challenges included (a) a disconnect between university-based and school-based visions of teaching, and (b) cultivating student engagement in "new" teaching approaches. The benefits of participating in ROCI were (a) en-"courage"ment to remain reform oriented, and (b) increased confidence in and understanding of reform-oriented teaching. These findings point to the potential for ROCI to serve as a framework for building capacity in reform-oriented teaching, the importance of early opportunities to practice reform-oriented teaching, and the urgent need for political, structural, and financial support of school-university partnerships.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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