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The Moral Dimensions of Teaching

Language, Power, and Culture in Classroom Interaction, 1st Edition

By Cary Buzzelli, Bill Johnston

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182 pages

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Cary Buzzelli and Bill Johnson reinvigorate the enduring question: What is the place of morality in the classroom? Departing from notions of a morality that can only be abstract and absolute, these authors ground their investigation in analyses of actual teacher-student interactions. This approach illuminates the ways in which language, power and culture impact "the moral" in teaching. Buzzelli and Johnson's study addresses a wide range of moral issues in various classroom contexts. Its practical and diverse examples make it a valuable resource for teachers and teacher development programs.

Reviews

"In this accessible and deeply reasoned book, two experienced teacher-scholars challenge us to look into the dailiness of classroom life to find the moral heart of teaching. Teachers and teacher educators will find here an invitation and a guide to greater imagination, generosity, and courage." -- William C. Ayers, author of A Kind and Just Parent

"Buzzelli and Johnston show convincingly that moral considerations pervade teaching. Their analysis dramatically reveals moral issues in many aspects of classroom interaction. A fine contribution." -- Nel Noddings, author of Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education

"These scholars brilliantly demonstrate that in classrooms, moral issues are at stake moment by moment. Their message could not be more timely, as it bears many implications for what it means to understand schools and schooling." -- James Paul Gee, author of An Introduction to Discourse Analysis

"…An ambitious analysis that addresses morality grounded in classroom interaction. Through their analysis the authors make public the moment-to-moment moral aspects of teaching practice, a subject too long ignored." -- Teachers College Record

"If you have ever wondered how much influence a teacher's moral beliefs and values have on the quality of education that students will receive, this is a book you will want to read…This book provides a refreshing break from learning which teaching methods will improve education instead, the authors focus on less tangible variables that are, in their minds, far more critical to student success." -- Childhood Education

"This focus on developing the moral intuitions of teachers is arguably one of the highest goals of teacher education, and the most successful part of this book." -- History of Education Quarterly

"…An ambitious analysis that addresses morality grounded in classroom interaction. Through their analysis the authors make public the moment-to-moment moral aspects of teaching practice, a subject too long ignored." -- Teachers College Record

About the Authors

Cary A. Buzzelli is Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Indiana University.

Bill Johnston teaches in the TESOL and Applied Linguistics programs at Indiana University.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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EDUCATION / General