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ERIC Number: EJ902538
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1935-3308
Teacher Conceptualization of Teaching: Integrating the Personal and the Professional
Brilhart, Dan
Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, v4 n4 p168-179 2010
This postmodern ethnographic study of teacher conceptualization of teaching expanded the findings of other research regarding the disconnect between teacher preparation programs and classroom teaching by exploring how personal and professional knowledge and identities are synthesized for 10 in-service teachers. Teachers in the study filtered educational ideas through a foundational process that emphasized relational aspects of teaching. Two major influences on teacher conceptualizations included biographical experiences and the exploration of self as teacher, including developing perspectives of what it means to be a student. This investigation revealed that teachers, even when responding to a school's educational philosophy, still conceptualized teaching through their own personal experiences. Experiential and reflective learning are encouraged for teacher development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A