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ERIC Number: EJ1163791
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0363-4523
Navigating Instructional Dialectics: Empirical Exploration of Paradox in Teaching
Thompson, Blair; Rudick, C. Kyle; Kerssen-Griep, Jeff; Golsan, Kathryn
Communication Education, v67 n1 p7-30 2018
Navigating contradiction represents an integral part of the teaching process. While educational literature has discussed the paradoxes that teachers experience in the classroom, minimal empirical research has analyzed the strategies teachers employ to address these paradoxes. Using relational dialectics as a theoretical framework for understanding paradoxes in teaching, we analyzed extensive interview data from 19 postsecondary instructors regarding the learning-oriented dialectics teachers experience and navigate. Findings here extend dialectics into a new instructional context by identifying three supradialectics these teachers experienced, as well as the strategies they report using to assist student learning in light of those dialectics. Subsequent analysis illustrates the dialectic nature of teacher strategies used in the classroom, offering insight into how teachers navigate dialectic tensions daily in the classroom. Further, this study provides researchers theoretical knowledge and evidence regarding how dialectic tensions and strategies function differently across communication contexts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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