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ERIC Number: EJ909423
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1361-7672
The Personal and the Political: Notes on Teachers' Vocations and Values
Chater, Mark
Journal of Beliefs & Values, v26 n3 p249-259 Dec 2005
This paper examines teachers' sense of vocation and their values at the outset and in the middle of their careers, through reference to three small research projects and to the continuing tradition of research into teachers' narrative accounts and interpretations of their values in relation to their work. Each of the projects worked with teachers who had an interest in values and spirituality. By enquiring into their reasons for starting and remaining in the teaching profession, the projects explore teachers' changing values in tension with some of the dominant values of the education system. It is suggested that some teachers deal with the tension by moving from relatively private vocation-based values, to values that embrace more public concepts of professionalism, and that their narratives are highly valuable for the profession and for policy-makers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)