With the recent and increasing attention to accountability and standards, teacher preparation programs are more than ever in need of tools that vicariously acquaint future teachers with the difficult situations they will face. Cases for Teacher Development: Preparing for the Classroom is the perfect catalyst for this sort of teacher development. The cases encourage students to immerse themselves in classroom situations before they begin their practice, helping them link theory and experience. All of the cases present relevant situations that replicate the complicated, multitasked, and interrelated realms of the teacher.
Chapter 7: Engaging in Action Research in the Classroom
Engaging in Action Research in the Classroom
In this case, a teacher reflects on the effect that an action research project has had on a class. Commentators Robert E. Stake, Stefinee Pinnegar, Andrea K. Whittaker, and the teacher author offer insights into the meaning of this case that range from discussions on the classroom as a site for application of theory to student behavior and the negotiation of power relationships. When contradictions between theory and practice in the classroom exist, teachers are faced with exploring the reasons why their attempts have been less than perfect.
As you read this chapter, reflect on the following questions and issues:
- Consider the skills, attitudes, experience, and knowledge of the teacher. How are students ...