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Title: Who I am in how I teach is the message. Self-understanding, vulnerability and reflection
Authors: Kelchtermans, Geert # ×
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Carfax International Publishers
Series Title: Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice vol:15 issue:2 pages:257-272
Abstract: The person of the teacher is an essential element in what constitutes professional teaching and therefore needs careful conceptualisation. In this article the author
argues for this central thesis, presenting a wrap up of his theoretical and empirical work on the issue over the past decade. These studies have been inspired – both conceptually and methodologically – by teacher thinking-research as well as the narrative-biographical approach to teaching and teacher development. The result is an empirically grounded conceptual framework on teacher development and teacher professionalism. Central concepts are ‘professional self-understanding’ and ‘subjective educational theory’ as components of the personal interpretative framework every individual teacher develops throughout his/her career. This personal framework results from the reflective and meaningful interactions between the individual teacher and the social, cultural and structural working conditions constituting his/her job context(s). As such the framework is the dynamic outcome of an ongoing process of professional learning (development).
Furthermore, it is argued, that the particular profes-sionalism or scholarship of teachers is fundamentally characterised by personal commitment and vulnerability, which eventually have consequences for the kind of reflective attitudes and skills professional teachers should master.
ISSN: 1354-0602
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Teacher Training, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (-)
Education and Training
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