Retrospective Discourse Discussions: How Teacher Talk Enables One Novice Literacy Teacher to Make Sense of Complex Teaching Problems

Apr. 26, 2008

Source: The Teacher Educator, Volume 43, Issue 2 April 2008 , pages 109 - 133


  The authors describe a retrospective discourse discussions approach that was developed in a graduate literacy education course. This method represents a reconceptualization of supervising and coaching graduate students where meanings are constructed, problems are reframed, and beginning professionals can develop more nuanced understandings of their teaching and learning (Bogdan & Biklen, 1998; Cobb & Bauersfeld, 1995).
An extended example of how one graduate student and her professor grapple with instructional practices within the capstone practicum course is explored.
The authors assert that clearly stating and understanding one's theories about teaching and learning can help educators converse about, scrutinize, and adapt their teaching in ways that hold powerful benefits for instruction and learning outcomes .


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An introduction to theory and methods
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Cobb, P. & Bauersfeld, H. (Eds.). (1995). The Emergence of Mathematical Meaning - Interaction in Classroom Cultures. Hillsdale, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Updated: Oct. 02, 2008