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ERIC Number: EJ997262
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0162-6620
Composing a Research Life
Cochran-Smith, Marilyn
Action in Teacher Education, v34 n2 p99-110 2012
In this article about her early career development and the experiences that shaped her life as a scholar and researcher, the author describes the work lives of university-based teacher educators and what it means to compose a research life in this field. This article draws on the author's 30 years as a university-based teacher educator. In it, she reflects on some of her early (and later) experiences, focusing in particular on those that most shaped her work as a scholar and writer who was also, and always, simultaneously a practitioner. The article features five lessons learned about the author's composing of a research life in teacher education: locating/positioning oneself; nurturing long-term partnerships; holding on to practitioner perspectives; collaborating across multiple fields, methods, paradigms, and cultures; and, working on what one believes in and cares about. The article concludes with some advice addressed directly to emerging scholars in the field of teacher education. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand; United States