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ERIC Number: EJ857408
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1047-6210
Teaching for Self or Others? Lessons from an Educator's Log
Hardy, Ian
Teaching Education, v20 n2 p163-174 Jun 2009
In this paper, I present the findings of a self-study into my teaching practices as a sociology-of-education lecturer working in the pre-service teacher education programme of a regional university in New South Wales, Australia. The principal data source is a logbook of the teaching practices which characterised several tutorial classes taught in 2007. To understand these practices, the paper draws upon Aristotle's concepts of "techne" and "praxis", and Bourdieu's understanding of practices as socially constructed and contested. The paper situates tensions between more technicist and "praxis"-oriented teaching approaches to pre-service teacher education, within the teacher education and university contexts in which these classes were undertaken. In doing so, the paper reveals tensions between assessment-driven and more authentic teaching practices, and more student- and teacher-centred teaching practices. The paper also shows how accountability pressures within tertiary settings have led to a more instrumental approach to tertiary teaching. I conclude that there is a need for greater attention to the conditions of work which influence teacher educators' practices, rather than fetishising individualistic instantiations of such practices. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia