ERIC Number: EJ854737
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
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The Challenge of Repositioning: Teacher Learning in the Company of Others
Glazier, Jocelyn A.
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v25 n6 p826-834 Aug 2009
In this article, the author uses positioning theory to better understand the complexity of teacher learning about culture in the company of diverse colleagues. Analysis of a yearlong dialogic professional development experience among high school English teachers revealed that although an African American male's storyline informed the group of otherwise white teachers, his position as cultural "expert" limited his and his colleagues ability to reposition themselves. Teacher educators working with increasingly diverse teacher cohorts must consider how best to maximize learning opportunities, open communication, and free participants from subject positions (such as "expert") that may inhibit overall group learning.
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, English Teachers, English Instruction, Professional Development, Teacher Educators, Faculty Development, African American Teachers, Perspective Taking, Interpersonal Communication, Group Dynamics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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