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Representing critical reflections in teacher education

Geelan, D.R. and Taylor, P.C. (1998) Representing critical reflections in teacher education. In: Teaching and Learning Forum 1998 : Teaching and Learning in Changing Times, 4 - 5 February 1998, University of Western Australia, Perth



This critical action research study explores the professional growth of a middle school teacher and two teacher educators. It focuses on a professional development program in which one author (Bev) had the role of student, one of teacher (Peter), and one of the teacher's 'critical friend' (David). The program's epistemology was based on Habermas' theory of 'knowledge and human interests', emphasising the 'emancipatory' interest's potential for creating empowering learning environments. The teaching and learning roles of the participants, with their professional development and new understandings, are explored with reference to a 'critical incident' that sparked this inquiry. Narrative accounts are used to explore the sometimes conflicting meanings constructed by the authors, highlighting the complex nature of their educative discourses and problematising notions of emancipatory curriculum and student empowerment.

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