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ERIC Number: EJ769463
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0742-051X
When Theory Meets Practice: What Student Teachers Learn from Guided Reflection on Their Own Classroom Discourse
Orland-Barak, Lily; Yinon, Hayuta
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v23 n6 p957-969 Aug 2007
Drawing on extant theorizing and research on reflective teaching, this paper discusses the impact of an innovative methods course designed around the activity of student teachers' reflections on their own classroom discourse, for their understandings of the connections between theory and practice. Situated in the context of foreign language pre-service teacher education in Israel, and focusing on one aspect of a larger research study on the connections that student teachers make between theory and practice, this paper presents three exemplary cases of student teachers' learning. The connections exhibited by these three student teachers between theory (principles of pedagogy) and practice (the classroom discourse patterns that characterized their teaching) were interpreted as: (1) understanding how practice fits theory; (2) connecting theory and practice to generate grounded theories of practice; and (3) developing practical theories. We discuss these findings as related to the idiosyncratic character of students teachers' learning and to activities in teacher education that enhance reflection on the meeting between theory and practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel