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Sisson, Jamie Huff – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2016
Human agency is significant to the understanding of professional identities and actions. It is through human agency that individuals can become powerful in changing or authoring their own identities. Stemming from a larger narrative inquiry focused on understanding the professional identities of public preschool teachers, this paper draws on…
Descriptors: Critical Incidents Method, Professional Identity, Preschool Teachers, Public School Teachers
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Gibbs, Simon; Miller, Andy – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2014
The retention and resilience of teachers are subject to many influences. Children's behaviour is often cited as a major source of stress for teachers and a challenge to their resilience. We suggest that an understanding of teachers' attributions and efficacy beliefs may provide the foundations for work to support teachers. We outline…
Descriptors: Teacher Persistence, Resilience (Psychology), Well Being, Student Behavior
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Black-Hawkins, Kristine; Florian, Lani – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2012
Whilst recent decades have seen significant progress in research on inclusive education, many teachers still feel that the research literature does not fully address their professional concerns about how to enact a policy of inclusion in their classrooms. To help to bridge this gap, we drew on the concept of craft knowledge to undertake a detailed…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Teaching Methods, Teacher Attitudes, Mainstreaming
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de Ruyter, Doret J.; Kole, J. Jos – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2010
Teaching is a significant social good and therefore teachers as well as the state have to take responsibility for guarding the moral quality of the teaching practice. Based on this premise, the article describes and defends the view that these parties have their own particular role by means of literature review and theoretical and practical…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Ethics, Teaching Methods, Moral Values
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Granger, Colette A. – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2010
In this conceptual paper I draw on narratives from several contexts in my own educational history--a student-teaching experience, a graduate course in educational theory, and my work as a preservice teacher educator--to consider, first, the Winnicottian notion of the split-off intellect, in which individual subjectivity is skewed toward thinking…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Educational History, Teaching Experience, Teacher Educators
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Stooksberry, Lisa M.; Schussler, Deborah L.; Bercaw, Lynne A. – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2009
In this conceptual paper, we provide a heuristic that organizes dispositions in a manner that is useful for prospective teachers and teacher educators. The heuristic is organized around three domains of dispositions--intellectual, cultural, and moral. We use a small sample of teacher candidate journal entries to ground the discussion of each…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Attitudes, Attitude Change, Consciousness Raising
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Parkison, Paul – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2008
Franz Kafka's 1912 novella "The Metamorphosis" provides an analogy for a consideration of the process of teacher identity formation and performance. Gregor Samsa awoke to find himself transformed into a giant beetle. He faced a complete loss of identity as he lost connection with the micro-political space that formed the context of his former role…
Descriptors: Phenomenology, Self Concept, Teacher Role, Teacher Attitudes
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Sandretto, Susan; Ballard, Keith; Burke, Pam; Kane, Ruth; Lang, Catherine; Schon, Pamela; Whyte, Barbara – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2007
This article presents conceptualizations of social justice expressed by a group of teacher educators in New Zealand and seeks to reinforce the importance of placing social justice on the agenda of teacher education. It is presented in the form of a reader's theater script designed to elicit discussion and encourage others to reflect critically on…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Scripts, Teacher Education, Educational Change
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Nuttall, Joce – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2006
One characteristic of long day childcare settings in New Zealand is the opportunity for teachers to continuously observe each other at work. Ngaire's story is an account of one teacher's problematic negotiation of her subjectivity (self-as-teacher) in the context of a wider institutional story drawn from Ngaire's colleagues' observations of her…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Personal Narratives, Risk, Interprofessional Relationship
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Colnerud, Gunnel – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2006
Research on teacher ethics and the moral dimensions of teaching has contributed to extensive and valuable knowledge, which has sometimes led to constructive syntheses of positions. Four research problems which have been elucidated are discussed in this article: the relationship between care and justice, the conflict between the ethics of virtue…
Descriptors: Ethical Instruction, Research Problems, Teacher Effectiveness, Ethics
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Watson, Cate – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2006
The importance of the concept of professional identity lies in its relationship to professional knowledge and action, but these links are complex. A traditional notion of identity is of something essential about ourselves, a fixed and stable core of "self". More recently, however, identity has been seen as an ongoing and performative…
Descriptors: Personal Narratives, Foreign Countries, Theory Practice Relationship, Knowledge Base for Teaching
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Golombek, Paula R.; Johnson, Karen E. – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2004
In the practice of teacher education, most would agree that critical reflection in and on the process of learning to teach and the activities of teaching play a central role in teachers' professional development. Using Vygotskian sociocultural theory, we examine how narrative inquiry functions as a culturally developed tool that mediates teachers'…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Learning Processes, Personal Narratives, Professional Development
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Long, Deborah Thurlow; Stuart, Carolyn – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2004
An integrated mathematics and science methods course was designed to focus on the knowledge, skills, and beliefs of teacher candidates. Teacher candidates were involved in experiences that would prompt them to consider the influence of their experiences on their beliefs, the influence of their beliefs on their instructional decisions and the…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Methods Courses, Teaching Methods, Teacher Attitudes
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Golden, Deborah – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2004
This paper, based on an ethnographic study of an Israeli kindergarten, describes the practice of hugging, by the girls, of the teacher, and the latter's response to the girls' initiative. Based on Bourdieu's concept of "habitus" and the assumption that embodiment is crucial to social-cultural learning, the paper demonstrates the complex…
Descriptors: Females, Ethnography, Kindergarten, Foreign Countries
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Kynigos, Chronis; Argyris, Michael – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2004
This paper describes research into the beliefs and practices established over time by teachers, who had been engaged in an innovative "mathematical investigations" school program, based on the use of exploratory software. The theoretical framework perceives the teacher as an active mediator of innovation, constructing and reorganizing a…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Instruction, Teacher Attitudes
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