ERIC Number: EJ1125162
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Bearing Witness to Teaching and Teachers
Hansen, David T.
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v49 n1 p7-23 2017
In this article, the author elucidates the idea of bearing witness to teaching and teachers. The orientation derives from a philosophical and field-based inquiry pivoting around the questions What does it mean to be a person in the world today? and What does it mean to be a person in the role of teacher? From 2012 to 2014, the author interacted closely with 16 teachers from 8 different state-funded schools in a large, culturally diverse US city. The endeavor included extensive classroom visits, whole-group discussion meetings, and a systematic series of individual interviews. The article shows how the orientation of bearing witness calls fresh attention to the person who occupies the role of teacher. It illuminates the easy-to-overlook truth that it is persons, rather than roles as such, who educate. The author argues that bearing witness contributes importantly to remembrance of deep educational values.
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Role, Urban Schools, Group Discussion, Interviews, Ethics, Proximity, Student Diversity, Teacher Student Relationship, Observation
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