Teachers' lives and work in a cultural and historical context. Reflections based on the professional life histories of eight Montessori teachers in Sweden

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Publication Conference Paper, other
Title Teachers' lives and work in a cultural and historical context. Reflections based on the professional life histories of eight Montessori teachers in Sweden
Author(s) Malm, Birgitte
Date 2002
English abstract
This paper discusses the implications of using life history methodology in teacher research. By examining teachers’ life stories within a cultural and historical context the researcher and teacher, in collaboration, construct a life history. Biographical material based on the personal and professional aspects of being a teacher were collected from eight Montessori teachers in Sweden. Empirical data included interviews, diaries, written narratives and discussions. Theoretical and philosophical issues raised in conjunction with the biographies included counterconcepts such as traditional educational theory/critical reflection and continuity/change within the profession. Specific issues were raised in regard to students, parents, the work situation, etc. Valuable insights were gained concerning the changing roles of teachers in contemporary educational contexts. The voices and visions of teachers should thus be able to contribute to a deeper understanding of the role of the teacher and by so doing lead to improvements within the profession as a whole.
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Montessori
Lärares livsberättelser
Livshistorier
Livsberättelser
Livsberättelser
Montessoripedagogik
Montessorifilosofi
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Education
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Pedgogical work
Note Paper presented at the World Education Fellowship 41st International Conference, Sun City, South Africa, 22-27 April 2001.
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/7925 (link to this page)

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