Teaching for self or others? Lessons from an educator’s log

Hardy, Ian (2009) Teaching for self or others? Lessons from an educator’s log. Teaching Education, 20 2: 163-174. doi:10.1080/10476210902969657

Author Hardy, Ian
Title Teaching for self or others? Lessons from an educator’s log
Journal name Teaching Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1047-6210
Publication date 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10476210902969657
Volume 20
Issue 2
Start page 163
End page 174
Total pages 12
Editor Allan Luke
Carmen Luke
Diane Mayer
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject C1
Abstract In this paper, I present the findings of a self-study into my teaching practices as a sociology-of-education lecturer working in the pre-service teacher education programme of a regional university in New South Wales, Australia. The principal data source is a logbook of the teaching practices which characterised several tutorial classes taught in 2007. To understand these practices, the paper draws upon Aristotle’s concepts of techne and praxis, and Bourdieu’s understanding of practices as socially constructed and contested. The paper situates tensions between more technicist and praxis-oriented teaching approaches to pre-service teacher education, within the teacher education and university contexts in which these classes were undertaken. In doing so, the paper reveals tensions between assessment-driven and more authentic teaching practices, and more student- and teacher-centred teaching practices. The paper also shows how accountability pressures within tertiary settings have led to a more instrumental approach to tertiary teaching. I conclude that there is a need for greater attention to the conditions of work which influence teacher educators’ practices, rather than fetishising individualistic instantiations of such practices
Keyword Aristotle
Sociology of education
Teacher education
Teaching practices
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code

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