Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Seminar by Dr. Ian Mitchell, Monash University

Pinball Thinking: Understanding the Pedagogical Reasoning of Expert Teachers

12:15 to 1:15 pm, Friday, April 17
Vernon Ready Room (A115)
Duncan McArthur Hall

Ian MitchellDr. Ian Mitchell is a Professor at Monash UniversityMelbourne, Australia. 

In 1987, Shulman introduced the construct of teachers’ pedagogical reasoning, and one of his purposes was to give greater status to the complex, often sophisticated, but typically tacit wisdom of practice. This seminar reports a 5-year project involving teachers who were highly skilled and experienced in articulating tacit wisdom. Unlike Shulman’s model, their pedagogical reasoning was a complex, rapid and very non-linear interaction between several distinct, but richly connected foci: framing big ideas, routes to student engagement promoting quality learning and developing quality learners, and responding to contextual constraints and opportunities. We label this “pinball reasoning.” Each of these foci can be regarded as a body of conceptual and practical knowledge. Expert practice can be explored both by researching how each focus is used as well as by identifying the links between them and how analysing one stimulates thinking about another.

MSTE logoIan will be visiting the Faculty on April 15, 16, and 17. He will give a presentation to teacher candidates entitled Using the Project for Enhancing Effective Learning (PEEL) as a First-Year Teacher on April 16 from 6:00-7:00 pm in A237His seminars are funded by a grant from the Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education Group (MSTE).