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Using the Descriptive Review in Teacher Education

Posted By: Marianne D'Emidio-Caston on October 24, 2002
It seems that Pat Carini's early work with the Descriptive Review is getting more attention. As a teacher educator who has used this particular format with student teachers for more than five years, I can support the value this process has for illuminating the "personal narrative" of individual children. Student teachers who have learned the process of descriptive observation and collegial dialogue that the Descriptive Review structures have come to value both. My students report that the process helps them to expand their thinking about the child, and about their own biases and perceptive limitations. What is most important to this process is that it comes from a strengths based rather than a deficit or "risk orientation." The Descriptive Review process is a resilience building support. Other teacher educators will find this new book, along with Carini's earlier work quite valuable.

Marianne D'Emidio-Caston, Ph.D.
Antioch University, Santa Barbara
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