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ERIC Number: EJ910335
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1527-9316
"The Map Is Not the Territory": Stories from the Classroom
Strong-Wilson, Teresa
Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v4 n2 p28-32 Sep 2004
Gregory Bateson's (1988) enigmatic phrase, "The map is not the territory," carries a provocative message for scholarship on teaching and learning. I explore the implications of Bateson's phrase by way of reflecting on Bateson within the context of my own classroom story, which was based on teaching a literacy course to pre-service teachers. Teaching and learning comprise the "territory" while the curriculum is the "map." The teacher-educator helps the student teacher construct bridges from one realm to the other by way of a process in which both teacher-educator and student teacher are participants. Learning is reconceptualized as about learning about the learning process itself rather than being focused on producing a map.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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