Search results for: Education theories
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In this article, the authors report on the results of an ethnographically-grounded investigation of agency work among nine pre-service teachers. The main objective is to determine how agency emerges and is constructed in situated discourse practices within the context of a teacher education program embedded in the collective inquiry approach. Here, agency work emerged in interactional spaces containing the pre-service teachers, educators, the surrounding field of others, and the subject discipline(s) embedded in a particular cultural context including its tools and practices.
Updated: Jun. 20, 2012
The current article analyses the dilemmas and practical tensions in implementing competence-based vocational education. Eleven case studies were conducted in technical secondary vocational education. The results show that schools meet various fundamental issues in realising this approach. Characteristics like coaching, reflection and authenticity are scarcely found.
Updated: Feb. 07, 2012
The current paper investigates, both theoretically and empirically, the political dimensions of teacher learning. The authors examine this issue through a theoretical work on teacher professional vision, and an empirical study of video-based teacher professional development.
Updated: Dec. 21, 2011
In this paper, the author focuses on Emmanuel Levinas’s classroom practices and everyday interactions with students rather than on his philosophical writings.
Updated: Apr. 27, 2011
According to Hannah Arendt, the aim of education is the cultivation of the future action of students. But teaching itself does not seem to count as a form of action for Arendt, leaving us to wonder how teachers estranged from their own natality can hope to cultivate and safeguard the natality of the young. To solve this dilemma, this theoretical article shows how both teaching and action take the form of mediation. In the author’s formulation, the classroom is a theatrical space and the curriculum a reweaving of our cultural constitution.
Updated: May. 25, 2010
After a description of home education, Lave and Wenger's (1991) theory of legitimate peripheral participation (LPP) is applied to the situation of home educators who join a neighbourhood home education group, a community of practice. This paper is based on an empirical study undertaken in aid of understanding the learning process of parents as they strive to become ‘home educators’. Data comes from thirty-four in-depth interviews of home educating parents who had been home educating for more than three years.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2010
Situated Learning Theory and The Pedagogy of Teacher Education: Towards an Integrative View of Teacher Behavior and Teacher Learning
The aim of the present article is to examine the question of what the Lave and Wenger perspective could mean to teacher educators' and researchers' understanding of teacher behavior and teacher learning, and to the pedagogy used in teacher education. Based on their work, a three-level model of learning is used to analyze the friction between teacher behavior in practice and the wish to ground teachers' practices in theory. This model leads to concrete implications for the pedagogy of teacher education.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2010
Fostering a Theoretical and Practical Understanding of Teaching as a Relational Process: A Feminist Participatory Study of Mentoring a Doctoral Student
The authors desired a mentoring approach for graduate students in education that would foster an understanding and practice of teaching as a relational process. This article provides a practitioner account of an action research study focused on the development of such an approach. In a semester-long feminist participatory study, the authors utilized weekly dialogues, reflective journals, classroom observations and written documents to explore the mentoring experience of one graduate advisor, one graduate teaching assistant, and two critical friends.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2010
Competent Performances of Situated Identities: Adult Learners of English Accessing Engaged Participation
In this article, the author examines how the lived experiences of three adult learners of English in local (school-based and workplace-based) communities of practice both support and contradict the stated policies and pedagogical practices of the adult ESL program in which they are enrolled. The author relies on the view of Communities of Practice (CofP) framework and theories of engaged participation. The data come from a larger ethnographic study in which the author examined the experiences of women refugees. Findings show that while these adult learners of English managed to learn and adopt the practices of one community of practice, they remained excluded from legitimate membership in other communities of practice.
Updated: Dec. 14, 2009
Building on work in the area of third space theory, this study documents one teacher's efforts to create third spaces in an elementary mathematics classroom. In an attempt to link the worlds of theory and practice, the author examines how the work of other theorists and researchers can create new lenses for classroom practitioners.
Updated: Dec. 08, 2009