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ERIC Number: ED441793
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar-31
Pages: 17
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The Place of Ideals in Teaching.
Hansen, David T.
This paper examines whether ideals and idealism have a role to play in teaching, identifying some ambiguities and problems associated with ideals and arguing that ideals figure importantly in teaching, but they are ideals of character or personhood as much as they are ideals of educational purpose. The first section focuses on the promise and perils of ideals, explaining that while they embody possibilities which the human spirit can generate and provide a source of guidance and courage, they also have the power to develop a momentum of their own and a propensity to lead people to substitute hypothetical goals for real possibilities. The second section discusses inhabitable ideals in teaching, explaining how to reconcile differences in thought about ideals in teaching. The third section examines tenacious humility (an ideal of personhood), suggesting that good teaching can be based on ideals of some kind and that tenacious humility can help teachers hold at bay the tempting lures of ideals, theories, and ideologies while focusing on ideals of character and personhood. The final section concludes by discussing ideals and the practice of teaching. (Contains 16 footnotes.) (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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