The Good Teacher: Dominant Discourses in Teacher Education by Alex MooreThe Good Teacher: Dominant Discourses in Teacher Education by Alex Moore

The Good Teacher: Dominant Discourses in Teacher Education

byAlex MooreEditorAlex Moore

Paperback | July 21, 2004

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Moore's insightful text explores and makes better sense of professional practice by examining that practice in the context of popular views. The book identifies and elaborates three dominant discourses of good teaching:

* the competent craftsperson, currently favoured by central governments
* the reflective practitioner, which continues to get widespread support among teacher trainers and educators
* the charismatic subject, whose popular appeal is evidenced in filmic and other media representations of teaching.

All of these are critiqued on the basis of their capacity both to help and to hinder improved practice and understandings of practice. In particular, it is argued that the discourses all have a tendency, if not checked, to over-emphasise the individual teacher's or student teacher's responsibility for successful and unsuccessful classroom encounters, and to understate the role of the wider society and education system in such successes and failures.

Winner of aSociety for Education Studiesbook prize in 2005, this is a well-informed source of advice and support for teachers and anyone considering teaching as a career.

Title:The Good Teacher: Dominant Discourses in Teacher EducationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.5 inPublished:July 21, 2004Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415335655

ISBN - 13:9780415335652

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Table of Contents

Part 1: 'The Good Teacher': Themes and Issues  1. 'Being a Good Teacher - Influences and Calls  2. Identifying the Good Teacher - Shifting Concepts Part 2: Dominant Discourses  2. 'Made in Heaven' - Charismatic Concepts  4. The Training Discourse - Competent Craftspersons  5. The Appeal of Reason - Reflective Practitioners Part 3: Positionings 6. The Pragmatic Turn - Occupying the Comfort Zone  7. The Reflexive Turn - Beyond the Comfort Zone.  Afterword: Reclaiming Teaching