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ERIC Number: EJ839332
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1090-1027
Independence and Community: Teaching Midwestern
Lee, Kyunghwa; Walsh, Daniel J.
Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, v26 n1 p59-77 Jan 2005
This article investigates how a Midwestern early childhood teacher's practice and her views of her practice are culturally constrained. The research is framed by a cultural psychology and draws on an ethnographic and interpretive biographic study of Mary, an experienced first-grade teacher. We explore Mary's practice through four central themes: (a) raising independent decision makers, (b) developing self-motivated lifelong learners, (c) providing a basis for a successful life, and (d) building community. We explore how each theme is informed by a folk psychology that reflects Mary's cultural beliefs and values. We conclude with implications for early childhood practice and research. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Grade 1
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A