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ERIC Number: EJ842385
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0196-786X
Finding Graduate Student Voices through the Deconstruction of Democratic Relationships in a PDS
Easley, Jacob, II; Henning, Mary Beth; Bradley, Barbara
Professional Educator, v25 n2 p55-65 Spr 2003
Much has been written about how K-12 teachers and university faculty come to understand their roles within Professional Development Schools (PDSs). However, there is not a clear body of research that addresses the role of graduate students who represent a valuable force in PDSs. This paper aims to explore the dynamics of relationship building in a PDS culture that honors collaboration and democratic norms among university supervisors, mentor teachers and pre-service teacher interns. These dynamics are explored from the perspectives of three graduate students (future teacher educators) working in a Pennsylvania PDS. The issues that arise from their dialogue are developed through and around a critical lens that questions the notions of collaboration, democracy, power and voice. The authors conclude that relationship building is no easy feat. They contend, however, that the process of building relationships and establishing mutual support is made optimal through dialogue based in trust and candor. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania