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Tensions in Teaching about Teaching

Understanding Practice as a Teacher Educator

Berry, Amanda

2008, XXI, 184 p.

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  • Reconceptualizes the practice of teacher education as identifying and managing a series of tensions
  • Offers an approach to both theorizing and developing teacher education practice
  • Explores deeper, more complex understandings of self-study
  • Examines the pedagogical relationship between prospective teachers and the teacher educator

This book captures both the excitement and the difficulties of self-study of teacher education practices, placing it at the forefront of approaches to practitioner inquiry. It offers a unique insight into the relationship between teaching about teaching and learning about teaching that emerged through a one-year self-study conducted by the author in her Biology Methods class.

The nature of the knowledge of teacher education practice that is developed from the study is conceptualised as a series of tensions that influence the learning of teacher educators about their practice. The book illustrates how the notion of tensions can act as an important means for both analysing practice and articulating the professional knowledge that comprises a pedagogy of teacher education.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Practitioner Inquiry - Reflection - Self-study - education - teacher education - teacher learning

Related subjects » Learning & Instruction - Science Education

Table of contents 

Contexts Of The Study.- Beginning To Research My Practice.- Teacher Educators Studying Their Work.- Developing A Research Approach.- Tensions as a Framework for Learning About Practice in Teacher Education.- Exploring The Tensions Of Practice.- Telling and Growth.- Confidence and Uncertainty.- Action and Intent.- Safety and Challenge.- Planning and Being Responsive.- Valuing and Reconstructing Experience.- Revisiting and Summarising The Tensions.- Learning From Teaching About Teaching.- Becoming a Teacher Educator.

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