Through the Looking Glass: Reflection or Refraction? Do You See What I See?

Academic Article


  • The intent of this study was to interpret the processes of journal keeping through written and electronic means to determine if the interns "saw" what their master teachers' saw in the myriad complexities of the social studies classroom. Three teachers identified as master teachers and interns placed under their tutelage examined interns their written observations about how they "saw" phenomenon in the social studies classroom. It was precisely this type of educative setting where these interns learned about enacting effective social studies teaching practice from a master teacher's guidance, one who modeled best practice and offered reflective mentorship. These three interns seemed to merely be able to catch a glimpse, or entertain a tacit notion of what their mentor teachers were able to "see" in the daily process of teaching and learning in the social studies. Most importantly, the optimal learning environment to nurture intern maturity and boost development is in a placement where the inservice teacher engages in consistent reflection about instruction and where language and theory are articulated as a support to decision making about social studies practice.
  • Published In


  • Teaching Methods; Mentors; Master Teachers; Social Studies
  • Author List

  • Christensen LM; Wilson EK; Sunal CS; Blalock D; St. Clair-Shingleton L; Warren E
  • Start Page

  • 33
  • End Page

  • 46
  • Volume

  • 28
  • Issue

  • 1