Becoming a reflective educator: how to build a culture of inquiry in the schools

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Corwin Press, 1994 - Education - 144 pages
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The purpose of this book is to help teacher education students and experienced teachers to develop not only an understanding of the nature of "reflective practice" but also the attitudes and skills that such an approach to teaching requires. Case studies illustrate many difficult experiences teachers encounter; each chapter begins with one or more case studies that are analyzed and discussed in terms of the chapter's main focus. The volume is organized into seven chapters, of which the first provides an organizing framework for the book and offers a broad overview of the nature and purposes of "reflective practice" as applied to the classroom teacher, an explanation of how reflective practice differs from "good teaching," and an indication of what is entailed in the process of becoming a reflective practitioner. Chapters 2 through 4 offer, respectively, a general discussion of the role of inquiry in reflective practice, an extended discussion of the nature, purposes, and objectives of transformational curricula and instruction, and an examination of issues of leadership and followership in the school context. Chapter 5 addresses the relationship between the school and the community; chapter 6 gives a broad overview of the role of professional ethics in reflective practice; and finally, chapter 7 offers some suggested activities to help individuals become more reflective and analytic professionals. (Contains approximately 140 references.) (LL)

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Contents

Reflective Practice and the Teacher
1
Toward a Cwlture of Jnqwiry in the Sck ool
27
Transformational Curricula and instruction
58
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About the author (1994)

Case is a professor of education and the former dean of the School of Education at the University of Connecticut.

Timothy Reagan is currently Visiting Professor of Educational Leadership at Central Connecticut State University. He has previously been a faculty member at Galluadet University, Central Connecticut State University, the University of Connecticut, Roger Williams University, and the University of the Witwatersrand. He has also served as the Associate Dean of the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut, Dean of the School of Education at Roger Williams University, and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of the Witwatersrand. His areas of interest include educational policy studies and the education of cultural and linguistic minority groups. Reagan co-authored Becoming a Reflective Educator: How to Build a Culture of Inquiry in the Schools, another Corwin Press book that contributes to the authors’ illustration of leadership in dynamic schools.

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