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ERIC Number: EJ978697
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0160-5429
Samanjasya Staff Development: Adaptive Praxis through Building on Teacher Context and Knowledge
Bathina, Jyothi; DeVoogd, Glenn L.
International Education, v41 n1 p42-58 Fall 2011
In typical short-term teacher development workshops, experts model instructional practices for teachers so that teachers can then adapt the model to their own situation. Such workshops are often ineffective because of the lack of adjustment before modeling and the overreliance on teacher adaptation of existing practices. In this article, we argue for an alternative form of short term in-service called adaptive praxis, or more appropriately samanjasya, in which in-service providers and local teachers come to a harmonious agreement that is beneficial to all. The core principles of samanjasya are demonstrated in this narrative description of our qualitative study. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: India