Teaching, learning and science are all fundamentally about relationships--between people and between people and things. These relationships are developed, they change and evolve over time, as an interplay between those involved (both animate and inanimate), as each side of the relationship is affected by the other. Relationships begin with statements (implicit or explicit) of assumptions and of purposes. As the relationships alter, assumptions are challenged and changed, purposes grow and shift direction.
In both my teaching and my research on teaching, I am interested
in examining the connections constructed between people. I feel that
at the heart of teaching are relationships--between people, between
people and things, between people and ideas. These relationships are
both culturally constrained and subject to our conscious re-creation.
In my own research I explore such connections, thinking about how
connections are constructed and maintained. In my teaching, I ask
students to also examine these relationships from both a critical and
creative perspective. I wish my students to come to a deeper
understanding of teaching and to recognize that as a teacher they can
construct a role which portrays aspects of relationships that they
C&I 399 -- Summer 1998: Integrating science and language arts teaching.
C&I 407--Section ITL: Inquiry Teaching and Learning