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Understanding Teachers' Professional Cultures Through Interview: A Constructivist Approach

Knight, P. T. and Saunders, M. S. (1999) Understanding Teachers' Professional Cultures Through Interview: A Constructivist Approach. Evaluation and Research in Education, 13 (3). pp. 144-156. ISSN 0950-0790

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This paper describes one of the methods of enquiry used in the Professional Culture of Teachers Project: it does not discuss the substantive findings. The claim is that both the concepts of 'professional' and 'culture' are constructed, complex, ambiguous and deeply embedded in consciousness and practice. Consequently, it would be inadequate simply to listen to informants' accounts of their professional cultures. A method of enquiry was needed that helped informants to construct their consciousnesses of these almost subliminal concepts. Amongst the conclusions is the suggestion that it is important that evaluations be designed to capture the confusions, complexities and contradictions of people's thinking about their work. Without that concern there is the danger of producing over-neat accounts that can only support m isconceived, over-rational decision-making

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Evaluation and Research in Education
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Educational Research
ID Code: 20771
Deposited By: Ms Margaret Calder
Deposited On: 26 Nov 2008 16:35
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2018 00:05
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