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ERIC Number: ED497692
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 27
Abstractor: Author
Teaching as Political Work: Courageous and Caring Teachers
Nieto, Sonia
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In this paper, Sonia Nieto develops the thesis that teaching is political work, by showing how issues of power and privilege are involved in all aspects of education--from classroom practices to infrastructure, from testing issues to decisions about curriculum. At the center of the educational process stands the teacher, and teachers can make a difference. Drawing on her research, Nieto describes the qualities of teachers who make a positive difference in the lives of students, particularly those students who have been marginalized. These qualities can be summarized as: a sense of mission; solidarity with, and empathy for their students; courage to challenge mainstream knowledge; improvisation; and a passion for social justice. [This paper was produced by the Child Development Institute at Sarah Lawrence College.]
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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