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Exploring Education Students' Reflexivity through the Arts in an After-School Writing Tutoring Program: A Descriptive Case

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By: Janet C. Richards Published: 2014 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases
Methods: Artistic inquiry
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As part of course requirements, 16 elementary education students in a master's cohort tutored groups of Kindergarten-5th grade children in a service-learning, after-school writing program that emphasized teacher care. The education students had never taught children in a school setting and consequently had difficulties reflecting about their lessons through weekly e-mail communication. As the instructor of the course, I had a hunch innovative artistic processes might unleash and heighten the education students' abilities as reflective practitioners. Therefore, I asked them to explore their pedagogy through the arts. Concurrently, I conducted a study to ascertain in what ways arts constructions might prompt the education students' motivation and abilities to thoughtfully consider their work. As respected arts scholars suggest, throughout the inquiry process, I monitored and documented ...

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