Talking Shop: Authentic Conversation and Teacher Learning

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-01-01
  • Publisher: Teachers College Pr

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What do teachers learn from talking to one another about their practice? This set of exciting stories focuses on this important question and presents a case for how the ordinary talk among teachers is a potent medium for teacher learning and professional development. Drawing from the work of eight groups of teachers in the United States and Israel who have met in conversation for the past 4 to 5 years, the contributors present rich descriptions of the complexities, obstacles, contradictions, and possibilities that can accompany teacher conversation. Their research findings culminate in a practical model that helps guide educators in developing and supporting their own teacher conversation groups.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
D. Jean Clandinin
Conversation as Support for Teaching in New Ways
Christopher M. Clark
Susan Florio-Ruane
Translating Themselves: Becoming a Teacher Through Text and Talk
Alison Cook-Sather
Resistance as a Catalyst in Teachers' Professional Development
Michal Zellermayer
Reading Lives: Learning About Culture and Literacy in Teacher Study Groups
Susan Florio-Ruane
Taffy E. Raphael
Learning the Discourse of Teaching: Conversation as Professional Development
Frances Rust
Lily Orland
Heroes of Our Own Tales: Presentation of Self in Conversation and Story
Stephen A. Swidler
Connected Conversations: Forms and Functions of Teacher Talk
Lynne Cavazos
Good Conversation
Christopher M. Clark
About the Editor and the Contributors 183(4)
Index 187

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