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Ways of Thinking Ways of Teaching Ways of Thinking Ways of Teaching presents a model of teacher thinking and action one that explains teacher decisions about what and how to teach Combining ualitative and uantitative data drawn from observations and interviews with urban teachers of writing George Hillocks argues that teacher knowledge is not simply transferred from some source to the teacher Rather it is constructed on the basis of assumptions about epistemology students and subject matter The fact of this construction helps to explain why teacher education has had so little effect on changing the classroom behaviour of teachers from one generation to the next The book examines what actually happens in composition classrooms presenting large chunks of representative transcripts for analysis


2 thoughts on “Ways of Thinking Ways of Teaching

  1. Mary Mary says:

    In someways Hillocks' conclusions don't seem so radical the ways teachers think influence the ways they teach But the hours of observational research into the specifics of how these teachers teach are amazing For instance the biggest distinction Hillocks makes is between optimisticpessimistic teachers In other words do you hate your students? Okay hate is strong but do you expect them to do well to handle difficult work to come up with conclusions without you? If so you're liable to include interpret and defend projects 18 complex lesson plans small group work 48 substantive teaching and less declarative knowledge and less building block pedagogy 106 less likely to be delivered in a lecture Here's a lovely conclusion the curricula cannot be represented as a body of preexisting knowledge except in the most general sense Teachers transform even that general body of knowledge for their own use Both curricula and goals are clearly influenced bu a teacher's epistemological rhetorical stance 118 9But one thing that was fascinatingshocking to me is how many teachers in this study are so current traditional in the derogatory sense of the word In the 80s there were actually teachers who considered it the best use of class time to give dictation and reading aloud I wonder if these archaic methods are still used now I wonder if there's any value to them at all


  2. RRVWP RRVWP says:

    Hillocks examines what makes teachers change their practice and comes up with some not so encouraging results


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