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ERIC Number: EJ1200098
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0272
Creativity and Pedagogical Innovation: Exploring Teachers' Experiences of Risk-Taking
Howard, Patrick; Becker, Charity; Wiebe, Sean; Carter, Mindy; Gouzouasis, Peter; McLarnon, Mitchell; Richardson, Pamela; Ricketts, Kathryn; Schuman, Layal
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v50 n6 p850-864 2018
Objective: The purpose of this paper is to share the results of research into the experience of teacher risk-taking in the classroom. The development of children as risk-takers is featured prominently in curriculum documents and reports calling for the competencies of 21st century learning. Teachers are expected to become 21st century learners who model risk-taking. The repeated calls for the development of risk-taking students through the modelling of risk-taking teachers makes the experience of risk an important pedagogical question. However, 21st century learning documents do not take up substantively the meaning of teacher risk-taking.Research Design: Phenomenological research is concerned with the unique and the individual and in that regards each teacher-participant represents particular perceptions of risk-taking experiences and responses to risk in the classroom. The six (6) teacher-participants responded to a call distributed widely to teaching staff in a Canadian school district. The inquiry relied on phenomenological interviews and experiential life world material. In this paper three phenomenological themes are described: risk and readiness; risk and the in-between spaces of pedagogy, and risk as exploration and finding a way. This research allows us to understand teachers' lived experience rather than assume the meaning of the terms risk and risk-taking.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada