A Teacher Exploring His Perceptions of His Class - Laddering
This page is a continuation of a session in which an experienced teacher reflects on his perceptions of his class. It shows the ‘story’ of a session, including the introspections and comments that he made as he explored his competence to control a class. This part explores Laddering.
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At this point we decided to move on to laddering, particularly laddering up. (NB You usually work with many more than ten constructs. (One person produced 72 in the first half-hour, all of them useful). But we wanted to move to laddering. Here is an example of his response to the first laddering question:
NOTE: Screen shots on this page relate to an early version of Enquire Within.
leading to the second laddering response:
and at this point he stopped playing with the computer for a little while and started to talk about what this meant. For example, he was asking questions like: How do teachers get feedback? How can they depend on it day-to-day, not just at the extremes? Good schools - you may ask one another to observe your lessons. So much depends on teamwork and nobody recognises that - bet it’s not in the Department’s list of teacher competences and performance pay. You welcome a good head giving you feedback, but a poor head - if they come into the classroom you know you’ve got trouble. How do we as senior teachers give feedback to newly qualified teachers? Depends on the Authority. Depends on the school. I get feedback because most evenings we go for a pint together, and because I’m married to a teacher. If I’m feeling like this, and I’m a deputy head, what do the new ones feel like? I need to ask people whether they get enough feedback, what they’d like and how, and how I can help.
Note: one example of how the Enquire Within tool prompts introspections. These can be recorded on the scratch pad – this is an example of ‘the journey is as important as the arrival’.
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- Education and the Repertory Grid Interview
- Some Resources for Understanding the Repertory Grid Interview
- ATHERTON J S (2005) Learning and Teaching: Personal Construct Theory
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