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ERIC Number: EJ1179048
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0034-5237
"Techne," a Virtue to Be Thickened: Rethinking Technical Concerns in Teaching and Teacher Education
Ma, Ying
Research in Education, v100 n1 p114-129 May 2018
This article brings stories of teaching and learning to teach in China into conversation with Aristotle's intellectual virtue "techne" and its reinterpretations. The intent is to challenge the overwhelming trend of instrumental rationality in teaching and teacher education in both China and Canada. I explore and thicken the concept of "techne," one of the Aristotelian intellectual virtues, to understand what is at stake in today's technical approaches to teaching and to imagine alternative possibilities. Aristotelian conception of "techne" is often translated as technical expertise, craft or skills and could to some extent justify today's enthusiasm around technical concerns in teaching and teacher education. However, some of its contemporary re-appropriations critique and extend the restricted understanding of "techne" and offer educators a richer, more ethical view of "techne" and technical thinking in education. An interplay of Aristotelian intellectual virtues of "techne" and "phronesis" (practical wisdom) may reconnect "techne" to the rough ground of experience, challenge its preoccupation with instrumental ends, and assert its moral dimension.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; Canada
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