ERIC Number: EJ855834
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Developing a Vision of Teacher Education: How My Classroom Teacher Understandings Evolved in the University Environment
Ritter, Jason K.
Studying Teacher Education, v5 n1 p45-60 May 2009
Drawing on my experiences as a former classroom teacher making the transition to teacher education, this study examines how my vision of teacher education developed over the course of my first three years as a graduate teaching assistant in a social studies education program in the United States. A qualitative self-study methodology was used to identify and describe sources of tension and growth that contributed to the evolution of my classroom teacher understandings as I forged a distinct vision for teacher education. My vision of teacher education was informed by completing graduate coursework, engaging in the work of teacher education, interacting and collaborating with peers, and studying my practice as it developed and unfolded. Throughout the article, I discuss the potential of self-study methodology to encourage new teacher educators to examine both the features and motivations behind their practice, as well as the effects of this examination on the development of a vision of teacher education.
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Beginning Teachers, Teacher Educators, Professional Development, Reflective Teaching, Transformative Learning, Teaching Experience, Social Studies, Personal Narratives, Inquiry, Teaching Assistants, Portfolios (Background Materials), Content Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States