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Teacher Lore Research

  • By: Pamela U. Brown
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Teacher lore research is a form of narrative inquiry based on rich teaching accounts written by or about the teacher involved. Through these contextualized accounts, collectors of teacher lore hold that teachers will discover their own theory through sharing their own voices as they reveal their beliefs, understandings, and knowledge. Most of the teaching stories are true; some have been fictionalized. Often, education scholars and policy makers are blind to the expertise of individual teachers, making sweeping decisions with little attention given to those teachers and students most directly affected by mandates. Within the field of curriculum studies, which seeks to reveal and analyze the complexities of curricular decision making, teacher lore research provides a way for the voices of practitioners themselves those who engage ...

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