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These are the questions that drove our interest in documenting the "Principles of Learning for Teaching" course, a class that Lee Shulman, Linda Darling-Hammond and Karen Hammerness taught last year with Kay Moffett and Misty Sato. This is a Foundations course in the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) which draws from a course that was designed and taught for many years in the program by Lee Shulman. In this web site, we explain our purposes in having students write cases and we also describe how cases fit into

 A case takes the raw material of first-order experience and renders it narratively into a second-order experience. The process of remembering, retelling and reflecting is the process of learning from experience.

      --Lee Shulman, 1996

the course. We provide samples of student work, samples of instructor feedback on the work, and resources related to the course. We also explore what students learned from the experience of writing cases in the context of reading theory about learning and teaching. We examine in more depth what "remembering, retelling and reflecting" prompts for new teachers. In the final pages, we reflect upon what we've learned as instructors in this course about what students learn from case-writing, and how to support students in linking theory and practice through case-writing.

The site index includes links to the course syllabus, course readings, references on the use of cases in teacher education, and examples of student work.

For a quick overview, the site handout contains an abstract of the paper, the course syllabus and several key images from the site.

Building on an analysis of student work, instructor feedback, and interviews, this paper provides a more detailed examination of what students learn from writing cases.

A note about acknowledgements to those who provided assistance with and inspiration for this site.

Copyright 2000, Karen Hammerness, Stanford University. All the material contained on this site has been produced by Karen Hammerness, Lee Shulman, Linda Darling-Hammond, Kay Moffett, and Misty Sato. These materials can be downloaded, printed and used with proper acknowledgement, including the name and affiliation of the authors and the web-site addess.

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