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ERIC Number: EJ866475
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0305-5698
Fictional Narratives as Didactical Tools: Using Frank McCourt's "Teacher Man" in Pre-Service Teacher Education
Mottart, Andre; Vanhooren, Steven; Rutten, Kris; Soetaert, Ronald
Educational Studies, v35 n5 p493-502 Dec 2009
In this article we describe a teaching project that focuses on the introduction of fictional narratives as basis for critical reflection about major issues in the teaching profession. Our main aim is to help pre-service teachers to make appropriate decisions at particular moments of interaction in their classroom. From a theoretical perspective we are inspired by the cultural and narrative turn in the humanities and the social sciences. In our project pre-service teachers were invited to read "Teacher Man" by Frank McCourt, a major novel about teaching, and were asked to comment on key topics and scenes. We argue that using fictional narratives offers a unique opportunity for imaginative engagement, perhaps even empathy in the ways that theoretical textbooks do not provide.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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