Kennedy, (2015). Parsing the Practice of Teaching

Back to the brilliant Mary Kennedy, who argues that organising teacher education around techniques is wrong and leads to their misapplication – we should organise around persistent problems teachers face.

Teachers face five persistent challenges. The first four:Kennedy c 1.png

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Fifth, teachers have to solve the preceding four problems while accommodating personal needs (This feels like a more coherent way of looking at what teacher wellbeing is and why it’s a challenge).

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If a teacher failed to do any of these, they wouldn’t be teaching:

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More troublingly, when teachers try to solve one problem they can exacerbate another.

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We organise study around solutions, not problems – that’s a problem too…

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So this is what new teachers need to learn:

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Kennedy, M. (2015). Parsing the Practice of Teaching. Journal of Teacher Education, 67(1), pp.6-17.

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