Opportunities: Transforming Educational Research and Teaching Practices
Author(s): Steven Witt
Our educational world is in a constant battle. Teachers race through the day in an attempt to race to the top. They struggle for quality time with their students and are constantly being second guessed by politicians and parents. School days are organized around assessments and punctuated by frequent interruptions.
Opportunities: Transforming Educational Research and Teaching Practices is a learning journey for all teachers and educational leaders who want to transform their practice.
Steven Witt’s Opportunities: Transforming Educational Research and Teaching Practices:
- Engages readers to think carefully and deeply about one’s pedagogical perspectives; stimulating readers to explore key assumptions forming the bedrock of his/her professional lives.
- Encourages readers to stop assigning large amounts of homework that was not meaningful and instead connect and empower their students with more choice.
- Includes the author’s narrative account of his own transformative learning journey.
- Describes the pathway of transformative learning, includes an account of the latest theories of educational research, and draws on newer research paradigms that celebrate development of the researcher’s self-knowledge.
- Integrates activities that guide and encourage readers.
From the Inside Out
A Promising Transformation Leads to Successful Practices
Collaborate, Build Relationships, and Communicate
Chapter Three—Creating a Wave
An Overview of Educational Research—Taking a Risk
Integral Approach to Community and Global Change
Reflection and Action
Chapter Four—Literature Review
The Literature Review
Synthesizing and Analyzing the Landscape
Chapter Five—Narrative Inquiry: Transforms Professional Development
Narrative Inquiry—The Pathways
Telling the Truth
Add Our Voice
Who Are We?
Theory to Practice
Chapter Six—Strategies for Success
The Writing Process
Meeting a Deadline
The Very First Day
Creating a Space for a Community of Truth
Where Do I Begin?
I Am a Teacher?
Opposed to a Lot of Teachers on Campus
Come Sail Away—Metaphors That Define Us
I Have All the Answers?
Back to the First Day
A Prayer Answered
College and the Emergence of My Teaching Identity
Gaining My Teaching Voice—My Preservice Teachers Speak Out
Chapter Nine—These Are My Children You Are Teaching
Oh, the Places I’ll Go
“What If I Mess This Up?” My Biggest Fear
We Are How We Teach
The Connections We Make
We Define Ourselves
Class Is Ending, but the Journey Is Beginning
Chapter Ten—New Opportunities
Generating Our Own Teaching Theories
Dreaming Beyond What I Can Be
Being Transformed Is a Heart and Soul Endeavor
My Life Unconstrained