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ERIC Number: EJ822185
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1047-6210
The Dilemma of Teacher Educators: Building Actual Teaching on Conceptions of Learning to Teach
Tillema, Harm H.
Teaching Education, v15 n3 p277-291 2004
Teacher educators are increasingly experiencing conflicts between external demands and their ideas about preparing students to teach. This paper reports on ways in which such educators promote learning in their students, and how their practical teaching methods relate to their professional views on teaching. This paper argues that the teaching realities of a teacher educator's teaching techniques can best be interpreted through the dilemmas they encounter. The construct of "dilemma" is advanced as a way to link conceptual reflection, deliberate choice and professional action. The study on which this paper is based investigated how teacher educators in the Dutch teacher education context conceptualize their teaching and how they use these concepts to help their students learn to teach. The paper notes several professional dilemmas these educators faced in their classroom teaching. It shows that while dilemmas can coherently describe how teacher educators actually think about teaching, teaching and action are often disconnected. Thus, teacher educators wrestle with how to put into practice their educational concepts as well as how to extrapolate educational concepts from practice. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands