ERIC Number: EJ811444
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
Poems as Stories--Memories Illuminating the Lives of Experienced Early Childhood Teachers
Meier, Daniel R.
Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, v29 n1 p59-69 Jan 2008
In this essay, the author describes his curricular journey in creating a course on narrative inquiry and memoir for experienced early childhood educators. The author recounts the steps he took in selecting reading texts and activities for the course, and emphasizes the value of using poetry as a form of narrative for helping early childhood educators represent and understand key experiences and influences in their personal and professional lives. In presenting examples of the educators' original poems, the author points out the value of poetry to recount and illuminate small moments of experience, insight, and reflection for early childhood educators. Relevant background theory on the role of narrative and inquiry in early childhood and critical intersections between story and poetry are also provided. The author invites commentary; a copy of the syllabus on which this article is based is also available upon request.
Descriptors: Poetry, Early Childhood Education, Teaching Experience, Preschool Teachers, Personal Narratives, Inquiry, Reading Material Selection, Reading Materials, Curriculum Development, Memory, Reflection
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A