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ERIC Number: EJ1098998
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1468-1366
The Person over Standardisation: A Humanistic Framework for Teacher Learning in Diverse School-Based Contexts
Kazanjian, Christopher J.; Choi, Su-Jin
Pedagogy, Culture and Society, v24 n2 p255-267 2016
This paper argues that the purpose of education is to help students realise their unique potentials and pursue inner directions. With this assumption, we critique the inadequacy of the current emphasis on standardisation and provide a theoretical framework for teacher education based on humanistic psychology. Three tenets of humanistic psychology, which we argue are helpful for teacher education, are discussed: (1) emphasis on relationship, (2) space for creativity, and (3) importance of meaning-making. That is, we argue that prospective teachers should be given opportunities to experience empathy and congruence, to practice creativity, and to start the journey of finding meanings of their experiences and teaching. As examples that put the tenets into practice, we discuss a field-based teacher education programme and a college programme that promotes pro-social activities with displaced children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Mexico; New York
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