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Written by members of the International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching, the papers in this volume were presented at an international teaching conference on the issues of theory and practice. Using these contributions from experienced researchers, most of whom are practising teachers, this single volume is international in scope and context, demonstrating differences and similarities between and within countries.
This detailed book is clearly split into five sections focusing on the following themes:
* teacher education – professional identity, professional research, and quality of teacher education
* teacher practice – basic values, ethics, and cultural scaffolding
* higher education – academic motivation, discourse dissonance concerning intellectual property, self studies of teacher education practice
* teacher development – the challenge to be the best teacher, the link between policy and practice, personal theory and practice in tertiary development
* research and theory – reflective practice, shared democratic values, teachers as researchers.
Part 1. Teacher Education 1. Learning to be a Teacher: Teacher education and the development of professional identity 2. Teacher Learning and the Theory of Variation 3. Areas of Professional Research: A proposal for organizing the context of teacher education 4. How to Affect the Quality of Teacher Education: A four-year policy driven project implemented at university level 5. Learning from the Conservation of New Teachers Part 2. Teacher Practice 6. Inside Teacher Community: Representations of classroom practice 7. The Contemporary 'Basic Values of School': The emperors' new clothes? 8. Exploring the Landscape of Teachers' Tacitly Implied Ethics 9. Cultural Scaffolding: The arts and crafts 10. What is Actually Happening in Secondary Classrooms? The rhetoric and reality of curriculum reform Part 3. Higher Education 11. Students' Voices at a Portuguese University: Academic motivation and its relationship with academic success 12. Discourse Dissonance in University Policy Concerning Intellectual Property 13. When Angels Dance with Devils: What is sacred and profone in the professoriate? 14. Listening to Students' Voices: Self study of teacher education practice 15. UK Doctoral Degree Assessment Criteria: Towards transparency through exploring teacher thinking Part 4. Teacher Development 16. The Challenge to the Best: Research and the teacher 17. Tertiary Teacher Development: Connecting policy, personal theory and practice 18. Collaboration in Cross National Networks for Teacher Professional Development 19. Dilemmas of Democratic Education 20. When the Best Maps Cannot Guide Us: Exploring and understanding teacher vulnerability Part 5. Research and Theory 21. The Development of Teachers' and Students' Identities through Reflective Practices: Conceptual considerations 22. On a Pedagogy of Research Problems 23. Shared Basic Democratic Values by Means of Education? A deweyan perspective on some democratic illusions and necessities 24. Face to Face: Human dimensions in biographical interviews 25. Teachers Becoming Researchers: Reflections on professional development