The work of teaching and teacher development: Inside the kindergarten classrooms

Yuen Ling Joyce LI

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It was a classroom research study with two main purposes. First, to describe, using the information gathered during observation, some of the richness and variety of what goes on in a kindergarten classroom. Second, to search for patterns from among these events and the complex interactions of theory, practice and beliefs in order to help explain why certain teachers do one thing while others do something else. This will enable kindergarten teachers to reflect on their own practice in a way which up to now has not been possible, since there was little attention given in Hong Kong to the systematic study of teaching by observing teacher behaviour in the classroom. The research would help identify some hidden aspects of classroom culture or beliefs that affects teachers’ professional development. No claim is made that either of these in any way typical of kindergarten teaching as a whole. However, it casts light on approaches which some teachers have found appropriate in the circumstances. Moreover, it should allow those how train student teachers to bridge the gap between theory with practice by offering the means of illuminating theory with precise and detailed information about life and perception inside the kindergarten classroom.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1999


LI, Yuen Ling (1999, March). The work of teaching and teacher development: Inside the kindergarten classrooms. Paper presented at the 4th OMEP(Hong Kong) International Conference: Quality Early Childhood Education: The Right of Every Child, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, China.


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