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ERIC Number: EJ886621
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1366-4530
The Teacher-as-Stranger as Model and Metaphor
Pomson, Alex; Gillis, Michael
Teacher Development, v14 n1 p45-56 Feb 2010
In this paper the authors explore the heuristic potential in the image of the teacher-as-stranger and use it as a frame for reflecting on teacher change and growth. Drawing on the sociological figure of the stranger, they conduct a qualitative study of a sample of teachers who are not only strangers in a metaphorical sense, but who, because they take up four-year fixed contracts in foreign schools, experience the ambiguous consequences of being strangers in the classroom. This research provides concepts with which to describe the educational potential in the "strangeness" experienced by all teachers. It points to the possibility that pedagogical insight comes not only from familiarity but from difference, that teachers' capacity for criticism is eroded by their institutional socialization and that this critical sense can be restored if teachers are provided with opportunities for cross-cultural "changes of scene".
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; Israel