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ERIC Number: EJ819763
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1354-0602
Getting in Touch: Dreaming, the Emotions and the Work of Teaching
Bullough, Robert V., Jr.; Bullough, Dawn Ann Mortensen; Mayes, Pamela Blackwell
Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, v12 n2 p193-208 Apr 2006
Despite growing interest in the emotional lives of teachers, teacher dreaming has received remarkably little researcher interest or attention. Drawing on recent studies of dreaming that demonstrate a strong connection between dream content and the life conditions of the dreamer, in this study the authors explored teacher dreaming as an avenue for gaining insight into emotional health and the link between health and work and life conditions. Twenty-one elementary school teachers in a single school were interviewed about their memorable "teacher dreams". From the dream reports themes were identified (preparation, control, being judged by others, mulling problems over and space), connections found between dreaming and work conditions, and interpretations made. The authors argue for the importance to good teaching of attending to dreams as measures of emotional health and for locating troubling aspects of teachers' work lives. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A