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ERIC Number: EJ816284
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 98
ISSN: ISSN-1354-0602
Terms of Inquiry
Macintyre Latta, Margaret; Buck, Gayle; Leslie-Pelecky, Diandra; Carpenter, Lora
Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, v13 n1 p21-41 Feb 2007
Teaching and learning continues to be driven by a version of professionalism that construes practice to be a form of applied science. This paper challenges that paradigm. In particular, subjecting and assimilating practical activity to a technical mode of rationality is challenged as not being the most appropriate way to approach teaching, learning, and the process that drives both of these phenomena, inquiry. Middle school science classrooms provide the contexts to explore the situated consequences of embracing the terms of inquiry. Placing inquiry at the core of the thinking and experiences of middle school science educators as a philosophical/theoretical/practical educative process to be worked with, and concomitantly, working as dynamic practice, yields working notions to be necessarily embedded, cultivating, sustaining, and nurturing inquiry in teachers' practices. As teachers experimented directly with the working notions of seeing, relational knowing, mindful embodiment, and assessment as interrelated and interdependent with inquiry, the teaching/learning outcomes authorized more and more inquiry in teachers"--and then students"--practices. An operative and active professional model emerges out of these working notions with the lived terms of inquiry identified as participatory in nature, vigilant to the question(s) in which the inquiry originates, organic in form, and always turning back on self, as catalysts in support of inquiry. (Contains 4 figures and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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