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ERIC Number: EJ940240
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0965-0792
The Development of One Teacher's Understanding of Practitioner Research in a Multi-Ethnic Primary School
Pearce, Sarah
Educational Action Research, v12 n1 p7-18 2004
This article is an attempt to describe the development of my understanding of the purpose of practitioner research over the first 4 years of a project leading to a PhD. It tells the story of the evolution of my thinking, from an initial focus on the curriculum and the children's unsophisticated thinking about race as the source of the problem, to a more self-critical stance, in which I saw "whiteness" as an important factor in structuring the children's experiences of schooling. Thus, the early outward focus of the research--the children, and their response to the curriculum--was replaced by an inward focus--on my own attitudes and actions as a white teacher, and the effect they have on the children I teach. The article argues that teachers should have the opportunity to reflect on aspects of their practice in this way as an integral part of their professional development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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