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ERIC Number: EJ934942
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1744-9642
The Trouble with Dispositions: A Critical Examination of Personal Beliefs, Professional Commitments and Actual Conduct in Teacher Education
Ruitenberg, Claudia W.
Ethics and Education, v6 n1 p41-52 2011
In this article, I argue that the concept of disposition is often unclear in teacher education programs, sometimes referring to general personal values and beliefs, and sometimes referring to professional commitments and actions. As a result, it is unclear whether teacher education programs should focus on selecting the right kind of person, or on educating the student for a profession. I suggest that a clearer distinction should be made between predispositions (value commitments that a person may or may not act upon) and professional dispositions (characteristics attributed to a person based on actually observed actions), and that teacher education programs should focus their attention on the latter, not the former. The question is not whether student-teachers have the "right" personal beliefs but whether, if the dispositions required by the profession are at odds with their personal beliefs, the former will override the latter. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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