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Critical Incidents in Teaching (Classic Edition)

Developing professional judgement, 1st Edition

By David Tripp


166 pages

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What are the ‘instincts’ of a good teacher?

Can they be taught?

Good teachers use good techniques and routines, but techniques and routines alone do not produce good teaching. The real art of teaching lies in teachers' professional judgement because in teaching there is seldom one "right answer". This combination of experience, flexibility, informed opinion and constant self-monitoring is not easy to acquire, but in this re-released classic edition of Critical Incidents in Teaching – in print since 1993 and which includes a new introduction from the author - David Tripp shows how teachers can draw on their own classroom experience to develop it.

In this practical and unique guide, the author offers a range of strategies for approaching critical incidents and gives advice on how to develop a critical incident file. Illustrated with numerous classroom examples for discussion and reflection, Critical Incidents in Teaching is for everyone concerned with the development of professionalism in teaching. Although aimed at teachers who want to improve their own practice and pass on their expertise to others, it is also part of David’s long term agenda to improve the public status of teaching and to encourage more inductive research in education; he sees classrooms as situations to be explained rather than as places in which to apply theories developed in other disciplines.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Teaching and research 1. Problematic and practice 2. Interpretation: creating critical incidents 3. Four approaches to the analysis of incidents 4. Ideology critique in the analysis of critical incidents 5. Developing a critical incident file 6. An example of a critical incident file 7. Autobiographical incidents and classroom practice 8. Socially critical action and analysis 9. Critical incidents and professional judgement Conclusion

About the Author

David Tripp retired from his full-time position in the School of Education, Murdoch University, Western Australia in 2007, and is now consulting in action inquiry processes in professional and organizational change and development. With a background in Secondary teaching and a Cambridge doctorate, David has published widely in the field of teacher education, professional development, and qualitative research, has been an expert witness at two Australian government inquiries, lectured and held visiting positions in a number of countries from the UK to Mongolia, Canada to Singapore, and is an Associate Editor of the Educational Action Research Journal.

About the Series

Routledge Education Classic Edition

The Routledge Education Classic Editions Series celebrates Routledge's commitment to excellence in scholarship, teaching and learning within the field of education. Written by experts, these books are recognized as timeless classics covering a range of important issues, and continue to be recommended as key reading for education students and professionals in the area. With a new introduction that explores what has changed since the books were first published, where the field might go from here and why these books are as relevant now as ever, the series presents key ideas to a new generation.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Elementary
EDUCATION / Secondary
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General