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ERIC Number: EJ819901
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1547-688X
Critical Exploration in the Classroom
Duckworth, Eleanor
New Educator, v1 n4 p257-272 Oct 2005
Critical exploration, as a research method, has two aspects: (1) developing a good project for children to work on; and (2) succeeding in inviting children to talk about their ideas: putting them at ease, being receptive to all answers; being neutral to the substance of the answer while being encouraging about the fact that they are thinking and talking; getting children to keep thinking about the problem, beyond the first thought that comes to them; and getting them to take their thinking seriously. These two aspects of critical exploration have their parallels in school teaching. One can think of curriculum as the domain of the first, and pedagogy as the domain of the second. The author argues that when teachers take a researcher's stance in the classroom--engaging learner's minds and hearing what they have to say--the students are not the only ones who learn. In this article, the author takes Michael Huberman's position that the audience for research needs to be the people involved in the practice; focuses particularly on teachers; takes up Clarice Evans' point about the centrality of teachers' own knowledge; and makes the case for involving teachers in the front lines of research in the development of human understanding. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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