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ERIC Number: EJ870213
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0737-5328
The Disposition of Hope in Teaching
Birmingham, Carrie
Teacher Education Quarterly, v36 n4 p27-39 Fall 2009
Hope, an important theme in poetry and literature, a central concept in Western theology, and a frequent focus in the arts, is a critical albeit largely undefined presence in the moral lives of teachers. Although hope for the future is a foundational motivation for education, the role of hope in teaching has not drawn much academic attention. Even in the current dialogue about dispositions, hope in teaching remains largely unexplored, and one's understanding of hope is intuitive rather than explicit. This article clarifies the meaning and role of hope by examining hope analytically in the context of teaching and dispositions in teaching. This article is an analysis of hope in the lives of teachers from a normative theoretical perspective. It shows what hope is, what it is not, how it functions in the lives of teachers, how it can be disrupted, and how it can be supported. A recurring theme in this analysis is that hope is so essentially interwoven with other moral concepts and contexts that it is often experientially indistinguishable from other moral ways of being. This could account for the invisibility of hope in the disposition literature.
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Language: English
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