An interpretive inquiry into the world of the teacher

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Carmelo Albert Rubio (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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David E. Purpel

Abstract: The underlying assumption of this study is that a meaningful study of man entails an understanding of his humanity. In this study, a research effort is directed toward obtaining a sense of person of the teacher. The study considers the teacher from a variety of research viewpoints such as research on teaching effectiveness, and sociological and psychological research on teacher characteristics. In this context, a case is made for studying the teacher through the perspective of the individual teacher rather than through the perspective of the hypothetical "average" teacher. A concern with the individual from his/her point-of-view requires a new research approach and method; i.e., an inner view of man. This research endeavor advocates this approach and method of inquiry. This study articulates the relationship between approach and method of inquiry on the one hand, and the content area on the other, to illustrate that the kind of understanding that this study requires can only be obtained through an interpretive perspective.

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Language: English
Date: 1979
Teachers $x Psychology
Teachers $x Attitudes
Teachers $v Interviews
Teachers $v Case studies

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