Learning to teach and teaching to learn: A conceptual foundation for the use of qualitative inquiry in the education of teachers

Year: 2001

Author: Lamoreaux, Doug

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Abstract:
The ability to pose questions and reflect on possible responses to them is important for all teachers who will better understand their work with the young people in their classrooms. This paper explores the possibilities and outcomes of the use of qualitative inquiry as a primary vehicle in the education of teachers and the ways in which it may enrich their lives as teachers. Specific attention is directed to the sensibilities and skills associated with the use of qualitative inquiry and the ways in which it reinforces teachersl’s abilities to observe, listen, reflect, and pose questions. Drawing from examples of teachers who employ qualitative inquiry in the pursuit of graduate degrees, the author examines the ways that teachers make decisions relating to the social, political, and practical issues they encounter in relationships with parents, colleagues, and students.

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