Teaching as a Professional Discipline


The lack of an agreed theory of teaching is one of the most important and yet intractable problems facing education. Questions of training and assessment currently take place according to the criteria of many diverse theories, most of which are dualistic and incompatible with each other. Squires proposes a new integrated model of teaching, derived from aspects of the professional discipline of teaching. The three characteristics of the professional teacher are laid but -- being instrumental, being contingent and being procedural. The questions asked are: What do teachers do? What affects what they do? And how do they do it? The resulting multidimensional model will challenge and stimulate education researchers and teacher trainers, as well as those with an interest in the constitution of professional discipline.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • London
Publication year:
  • 1999