Knowledge and Virtue in Teaching and Learning: The Primacy of Dispositions

Knowledge and Virtue in Teaching and Learning: The Primacy of Dispositions

By: Hugh Sockett (author)Paperback

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The challenge this book addresses is to demonstrate how, in teaching content knowledge, the development of intellectual and moral dispositions as virtues is not merely a good idea, or peripheral to that content, but deeply embedded in the logic of searching for knowledge and truth. It offers a powerful example of how philosophy of education can be brought to bear on real problems of educational research and practice - pointing the reader to re-envision what it means to educate children (and how we might prepare teachers to take on such a role) by developing the person, instead of simply knowledge and skills. Connected intimately to the practice of teaching and teacher education, the book sets forth an alternative theory of education where the developing person is at the center of education set in a moral space and a political order. To this end, a framework of public and personal knowledge forms the content, to which personal dispositions are integral, not peripheral. The book's pedagogy is invitational, welcoming its readers as companions in inquiry and thought about the moral aspects of what we teach as knowledge.

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Hugh Sockett is Professor of Education, Department of Public and International Affairs, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, George Mason University.


Preface Introduction I. Knowledge, Morality and Authority in Teaching 1. The Epistemological Presence in Teaching and Learning 2. The Individual as Seeker after Knowledge 3. The Moral and Epistemological Authority of the Teacher II. Virtue and Public Knowledge 4. Truth and Truthfulness 5. Belief and Open-Mindedness 6. Evidence, Impartiality and Judgment III. Virtue and Personal Knowledge 7. Experience and Integrity: The Historical Individual 8. Commitment, Courage and Will: The Belief-Holding Individual 9. Identity and Knowing One's Self: The Self-Conscious Individual IV. The Virtues of the Teacher 10. The Primacy of Dispositions as Virtues 11. Character, Intellect and Care 12. The Epistemological Presence and the Assessment of Teacher Quality Appendices Procedures and Protocols Further Reading References Index

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  • publication date: 16/12/2011
  • ISBN13: 9780415899987
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 264
  • ID: 9780415899987
  • weight: 362
  • ISBN10: 0415899982

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