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Clemens Wieser

Teaching and personal educational knowledge–conceptual considerations for research on knowledge transformation

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Teacher knowledge is currently explored in three major research paradigms. This paper reviews how teaching and personal educational knowledge are related in these three paradigms, namely: the evidence paradigm, the life history paradigm and the practice theory paradigm. The paradigms can be linked through their demand to elaborate knowledge transformation conceptually. This paper introduces some perspectives for conceptual elaboration of knowledge transformation: a post-critical epistemology is used to distinguish two modes of knowledge: practical educational knowledge which provides orientations for teaching, and personal educational knowledge which provides orientations for reflection on teaching. These two modes of knowledge are consequently linked through the concept of technologies of the self as introduced in the epistemology of Foucault, which provides perspectives to relate practical with personal educational knowledge and comprehend how teachers transform their knowledge to adapt and develop their teaching with respect to specific teaching contexts.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Teacher Education
Pages (from-to)588-601
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes

    Research areas

  • knowledge transformation, personal knowledge, practical knowledge, Teacher knowledge, technologies of the self

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