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The things (we think) we (ought to) do: Ideological processes and practices in teaching

Pachler, N; Makoe, P; Burns, M; Blommaert, J; (2008) The things (we think) we (ought to) do: Ideological processes and practices in teaching. Teaching and Teacher Education , 24 (2) pp. 437-450. Green open access

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Title: The things (we think) we (ought to) do: Ideological processes and practices in teaching
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Additional information: Ideologies of education and of teaching are complex and layered, and they contain macro-social, institutional as well as micro-ideological levels. Building on empirical work from the UK and South Africa, this article argues that notions of ?professionalism? among teachers display such ideological layering, and that such notions are heavily invested with interests that transcend the operational or institutional scales. In both cases we see that views of professionalism are infused with micro-ideological, practical beliefs as well as with macro-ideological social and political views. The conclusions of the paper have important implications for teacher education, namely that student teachers should be taught explicitly about the discourses by which teaching is constructed so that they are able to reflect more critically on their professional practice.
Keywords: Professional standards, Teaching methods, South Africa, Continuing professional development, England
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > VP: Education
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1569051
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