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ERIC Number: EJ819857
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0332-3315
What We Talk about when We Talk about Education: The Private and Public Educational Talk of Teachers in Schools
McDermott, Kevin; Richardson, Fiona
Irish Educational Studies, v24 n1 p31-39 Mar 2005
One of the central challenges for a school is the creation of a public discourse which expresses the shared purpose of the school community, without losing the multiple and different voices within the teaching staff. In this article we report on the generative potential of educational conversation, when it is structured around questions which allow teachers to reflect on their best teaching selves in past practice and to project those selves into future situations. We suggest that within the staff, the public relating of teaching narratives, and the reflective conversation to which they give rise, constitutes a public and collective form of enquiry into teaching and learning. We argue that reflective conversation is dependent upon critical listening, where the listener is open to what is being said, but is also prepared to ask questions that open up the topic of teaching and learning in ways that are revelatory for both speaker and listener.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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