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ERIC Number: EJ924720
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3746
Accuracy, Sincerity and Capabilities in the Practice of Teaching
Pendlebury, Shirley
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v27 n2-3 p173-183 Apr 2008
This paper examines the relative strengths of two conceptions of teaching. The "thinner conception," which underpins a report of the Ministerial Committee on Teacher Education in South Africa, takes the definitive purpose of teaching as the organization of systematic learning. The "thicker conception" draws on work by Martha Nussbaum and Bernard Williams and comes from my ongoing thinking about the conditions for trustworthy practice. I propose that educative teaching is a practice whose definitive purpose is to enable people's flourishing by developing their capabilities as these are connected to what Williams calls "the virtues of truth"--"Accuracy" and "Sincerity". I consider the case for claiming (i) that the purpose of educative teaching is to enable learners to develop the virtues of truth and (ii) that trustworthy practice depends on teachers having these virtues themselves. "En route" I challenge MacIntyre's grounds for refusing to admit teaching as a practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa