ERIC Number: ED343848
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Cultural Dimensions of the Good Teacher.
Gudmundsdottir, Sigrun; Saabar, Naama
The paper reviews research that describes good teaching in several cultures, focusing on teachers and teaching in China, England, Israel, Norway, and the United States. A root metaphor is used to describe good teaching in each culture. In China, good teacher are described as virtuosos because their art is teaching, and there is very little variation in teaching methods. In England, the good teacher is a superman who needs to have exceptional personal qualities, super command of pedagogical skill, exceptional subject matter background, and faultless conduct. Good teachers in the United States are described as skilled performers because they are artists who base their art on solid craft knowledge and bold imagination, and because they are improvisors on stage, sensitive to the responses of their audiences. The good teacher in Israel is a creator of a nation with the responsibility for transmitting cultural knowledge to the younger generation. Good teachers in Norway are looked upon as caregivers and interpreters of texts. They are expected to be good colleagues who are caring, and who have honed pedagogical skills and subject matter expertise. The research shows that various elements of good teaching are accepted as qualities in one culture but as liabilities in another. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: China; England; Israel; Norway; United States
Note: Paper presented at a meeting of the International Study Association of Teacher Thinking (Surrey, England, September 23-27, 1991).