Learning from Experience: Memory and the Teacher's Account of Teaching

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SUNY Press, Feb 16, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 176 pages
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This book explores several aspects of learning from experience as reported by retired teachers: the nature of teachers’ memories, the structure of teachers’ narratives, and the manner in which teachers transform concrete experiences into practical wisdom. Teachers, like other professional practitioners, learn from their experiences, which shape the wisdom of practice enacted in classrooms. Memory of professional events is conceived as providing the basis for the construction of the personal professional knowledge of teachers. The book provides insights into the nature of human memories in a professional context.
 

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Contents

Memory of Events and the Practice of Teaching
7
The Content of Teachers Memories
23
The Impact of Teaching Situations on Teachers Memories
45
Scripts in Teachers Memories
63
What Do the Stories Tell Us? Learning about Teachers and Teaching
75
Stories Stories The Tales of Teachers Memories
93
Experience Professional Knowledge and Memory of Events
117
Learning from Experience The Teachers View
131
ContextSpecific Memories of Teachers and Learning from Experience Some Conclusions
143
Teachers Memories Implications for Teacher Education and School Administration
149
DESIGN OF THE STUDY ON MEMORY OF PROFESSIONAL EVENTS
155
REFERENCES
159
INDEX
171
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Miriam Ben-Peretz is Professor of Education and former Dean of the School of Education at the University of Haifa, Israel, as well as President of Tel-Hai College, Israel. She is the author of The Teacher-Curriculum Encounter: Freeing Teachers from the Tyranny of Texts, also published by SUNY Press.

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