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    The Learning of Teaching

    A Portrait Composed of Teacher Voices

    Irene A. Liefshitz
    In this portrait, Irene Liefshitz considers learning as an aspect of teaching—how teachers learn to teach, what they learn about teaching, and how they are transformed by teaching. Because unsolicited, free-ranging, teacher-to-teacher conversation about teaching rarely makes it to education research, the author analyzes conversations between teachers recorded for the StoryCorps National Teachers Initiative to inquire how teachers talk about learning and what they say about it when no researcher is guiding their conversation. Such centering of teacher voice is a practical and political stance and positions education research as an act of listening. By transmitting and interpreting teachers’ talk, the author makes a case for focusing research agendas on teacher learning based on what teachers say is important to them, for promoting a scholarship of voice in research on teaching, and for further use of the StoryCorps National Teachers Initiative as a rich data source of teacher voice.

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    Irene A. Liefshitz (https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1877-3338) was a teacher, assistant principal, and instructional coach in the Bronx and Washington Heights, New York City, before earning her doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she now teaches qualitative research methods courses on portraiture and case study research. She continues working with teachers and administrators in New York City while pursuing her research interests about teachers and teaching, teacher learning, and stories and metaphors about teaching.
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    Fall 2020 Issue


    The Learning of Teaching
    A Portrait Composed of Teacher Voices
    Irene A. Liefshitz

    Book Notes

    Why Trust Science?
    Naomi Oreskes

    International Aid to Education
    Francine Menashy

    Youth and the National Narrative
    Marie Lall and Tania Saeed

    How the Other Half Learns
    Robert Pondiscio

    Making Up Our Mind
    Sigal Ben-Porath and Michael Johanek

    Suddenly Diverse
    Erica O. Turner

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