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ERIC Number: EJ950420
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0742-051X
Caring for "Others": Examining the Interplay of Mothering and Deficit Discourses in Teaching
James, Jennifer Hauver
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v28 n2 p165-173 Feb 2012
Data from a year-long narrative inquiry, involving six American women elementary school teachers, suggests that teachers' conceptions of caring are primarily shaped by their biographies. Despite teachers' claims that they knew their students well, their conceptions of caring were relatively fixed across contexts rather than malleable to differing students' realities. Here, I raise questions about the interplay of mothering and deficit discourses as they serve to legitimize and perpetuate single-loop caring. Implications for teaching, teacher education and care theory are discussed. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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