ERIC Number: EJ811865
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
Balancing Acts: Negotiating Authenticity and Authority in Shared Reflection
Calderwood, Patricia E.; D'Amico, Kathleen M.
Studying Teacher Education, v4 n1 p47-59 May 2008
In this self-study, a teacher educator and an experienced teacher analyze an unexpected shared opportunity to mentor pre-service elementary educators. Our partnership arose during a graduate course on literacy development for elementary students, serendipitously captured during an extended electronic conversation with the pre-service candidates. We uncovered an interplay between authenticity and authority that generated enhanced professional development for each of us and for the teacher candidates who were enrolled in the course. As well as reflections on our own practices, implications for teacher education development and pedagogy are noted.
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Mentors, Literacy, Teacher Educators, Experienced Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Graduate Study, Computer Mediated Communication, Reflective Teaching, Teacher Role, Student Role, Teacher Student Relationship, Power Structure, Electronic Mail, Discourse Analysis, Language Arts
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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