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ERIC Number: EJ817306
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0737-5328
Life History and Collective Memory as Methodological Strategies: Studying Teacher Professionalism
Goodson, Ivor; Choi, Pik Lin
Teacher Education Quarterly, v35 n2 p5-28 Spr 2008
The life history method, which achieved a prominent position in the Chicago tradition of sociological research in the early 1920s, has been widely adopted for educational inquiries since the 1980s. The power of the life history method in illuminating subjective teacher experiences in social historical contexts has made it "probably the only authentic means of understanding how motives and practices reflect the intimate intersection of institutional and individual experience in the postmodern world (Dhunpath, 2000, p.544)." In this regard, the authors made an attempt to employ the life history method to study teacher professionalism, an area of concern which has been increasingly tied up with educational quality and global competition at the turn of the twenty-first century. This paper aims at explaining why the combined methods of life history and collective memory are considered useful in analyzing teachers' professionalism. The authors first give a brief account of the study, which provides the background for the understanding of the methodological innovation. Then a few examples are given to illustrate how data analysis was carried out both at an individual and a collective group level. Finally the authors discuss the potentials of the combined use of life history and collective memory in educational research. (Contains 3 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong