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"He Got a Glimpse of the Joys of Understanding": One Teacher's Journey Toward Responsive Teaching

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This study focuses on one preservice teacher, Keith, who shifted in how he viewed his roles and responsibilities as a science teacher, from one who needs “a vast well of knowledge from which to draw” to one who is driven to cultivate students’ own ways of thinking and feeling in science. This shift, I argue, entailed Keith’s developing awareness of his own disciplinary epistemology and affect as a science learner in tandem with his coming to appreciate similar epistemic and affective beginnings in K-12 student inquiry. I show how Keith leveraged his own experiences and joys in learning physics and his growing captivation for student thinking as resources to reframe his vision of teaching and discuss implications for teacher education.