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ERIC Number: ED423217
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-13
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Exemplary Teachers: Practicing an Ethic of Care in England, Ireland, and the United States.
Collinson, Vivienne; Killeavy, Maureen; Stephenson, H. Joan
This study involved a cross-cultural analysis of exemplary teachers' dispositions and the philosophical beliefs that underpinned and informed the ethical dimension of their roles. Four exemplary secondary teachers from each of three countries (England, Ireland, and the U.S.) participated. Participants completed a pre-interview survey then engaged in a 2-3 hour semistructured interview. Researchers audiotaped and transcribed the interviews and conducted follow-up conversations for clarification when necessary. Results indicated that the exemplary teachers viewed respect as a vital foundation for students' best learning and a prerequisite for effective teaching. They worked hard to know students by using multiple sources of knowledge (e.g., solicited critique, dialogues and questions, knowing students informally, knowing from colleagues, and knowing students' cultures). Teachers structured classes to encourage oral and written dialogue that revealed students' thinking. They encouraged student-student and teacher-student relationships. They were able to find a balance among respect for students as human beings, for student individuality, for student success, for the profession, and for themselves. (Contains 22 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland; United Kingdom (England); United States