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ERIC Number: EJ815996
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0962-0214
Putting Teacher Experience Back into Curriculum Theory: Case Studies from Japan
Mitsuno, Momoyo
International Studies in Sociology of Education, v17 n1-2 p95-112 Jun 2007
Teachers have been understood in their functional role and collective agency in sociology. In this article, the author rethinks the structure and agency dimension of teaching in the context of Japanese school education in transition. The new curriculum in Japan puts emphasis on children's subjective experience of learning. This article explores the mirroring process of teaching in this curriculum transition from role-oriented to subject-focused. The author introduces two experiences as teacher reform movements: a teachers' association and blogs which write about classroom teaching experiences. The findings suggest that there is a cultural transformation occurring within teachers as a group. For analysis, the author draws on the sociological idea of generations. The transformation in teachers' self-consciousness is significant because it creates a gap between self and representation not only externally (how educational reform describes teachers) but internally. The author concludes that this internal experience is ignored in the map of curriculum as structure and teaching as agency. (Contains 20 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan