Researching Teaching: Exploring Teacher Development through Reflexive Inquiry
Ardra L. Cole and J. Gary Knowles
Researching Teaching is a book for teachers and other educators who are interested in exploring their own practice through independent and/or collaborative inquiry. Cole and Knowles believe that teacher learning and professional development are facilitated by opportunities for ongoing critical reflection on and inquiry into the broad spectrum of experiences that influence professional lives and careers. They place emphasis on the importance of engaging in ongoing exploration of practice, with attention to the multiple roles and contexts that comprise it. The authors offer a framework for reflexive inquiry into teaching that is grounded in principles of experiential learning and self-directed professional development and in the belief that the perspectives and experiences of teacher-researchers offer important insights into researching and practicing professional development.