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ERIC Number: EJ793754
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0162-6620
What It Means to Care: How Educators Conceptualize and Actualize Caring
McBee, Robin Haskell
Action in Teacher Education, v29 n3 p33-42 2007
Seeking to put a face on educators' conceptualizations of caring, this study examines findings from open-ended surveys of 144 teacher candidates, classroom teachers, and college faculty associated with a mid-Atlantic university's teacher education program. Reflecting theoretical constructs described in the literature on resilience, multiculturality, and the care ethic, findings indicate that educators at all levels define and actualize educational care in terms of help they offer to learners, their efforts to get to know and show interest in learners, and listening to learners. Being compassionate, caring about the individual, and giving their time are also qualities identified, particularly by candidates who are still receiving care from their own teachers. This study also suggests a host of applications in teacher education. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A