Research article

'Students don't always tell teachers the truth very often, do they?' Reflections on the implications when teachers and students collaborate to investigate teaching practice

Authors
  • Tony Leach
  • Andy Crisp

Abstract

Informed by Martin Buber's notions of I-It and I-Thou relationships, this paper examines the problematic and contested issues of emancipation and empowerment in schooling. Specifically, it explores what happens when teachers and students collaborate when observing lessons and commenting on teaching practice in the imagined space of the self-improving school system. Within this space, it examines the challenges and complexities of establishing I-Thou teacher-student relationships, and the potential for creative dissonance in such situations. Finally, it explores the idea that the self-improving school could become a place where teachers and students create a space for mutual dialogue about collaborative research in the classroom – in other words, a place where classroom practice is democratically 'top-down' teacher-led and 'bottom-up' student-informed.

Keywords: SELF-IMPROVING SCHOOL SYSTEMS, PRACTITIONER RESEARCH, TEACHER–STUDENT RELATIONSHIPS, MARTIN BUBER

How to Cite:

Leach, T. & Crisp, A., (2016) “'Students don't always tell teachers the truth very often, do they?' Reflections on the implications when teachers and students collaborate to investigate teaching practice”, London Review of Education 14(3), 54–64. doi: https://doi.org/10.18546/LRE.14.3.05

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28 Nov 2016
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