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ERIC Number: EJ828423
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1090-1027
The Nature of Primary Teaching: Body, Time, Space, and Relationships
Brown, Pamela U.; Castle, Kathryn; Rogers, Karen M.; Feuerhelm, Caren; Chimblo, Sarah
Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, v28 n1 p3-16 Jan 2007
The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the lived experiences of a primary teacher in order to illuminate the nature of primary teaching. Using qualitative methods, five university researchers spent nine months during the course of one school year with a second grade teacher and her students. This inquiry took a multiple lens approach, drawing from the theoretical frameworks of hermeneutic phenomenology and constructivism (DeVries & Zan, 1994; Kamii, 1985; Piaget, 1932/1965; van Manen, 1997). Individual researchers focused on the existentials of the teacher's lifeworld: body, time, space, relationship with children, and relationship with adults. Four themes emerged: autonomy, pedagogical tact, lifelong learning, and kinship. Implications are drawn for school organization, teacher education, and educational policy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 2
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A