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ERIC Number: EJ867046
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0742-051X
Backing the Right Horse: Teacher Education, Sociocultural Analysis and Literacy in Rural Education
Corbett, Michael
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v26 n1 p82-86 Jan 2010
This paper is a reflection on the way that a background in sociocultural theory and research actually saved my teaching career by allowing me to shift from being a dispenser of knowledge to a cultural neophyte attempting to understand where he is. Teaching then is understood as a reading exercise which is undertaken in a particular place which itself needs to be read by the effective teacher. This is a narrative inquiry into practice which represents an attempt to understand my own teaching career in the light of Frank Smith's (1984) provocative essay "How education backed the wrong horse" in which he argues that anthropology would have made a better choice for a foundational discipline for education than psychology. I conclude with some thoughts on what this perspective implies for literacy instruction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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