The values dimension of quality teachers: can we prepare pre-service teachers for this?

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Curtis, Elizabeth. 2015. "The values dimension of quality teachers: can we prepare pre-service teachers for this?" Athens Journal of Education. 2 (4), pp. 313-330. https://doi.org/10.30958/aje.2-4-2
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The values dimension of quality teachers: can we prepare pre-service teachers for this?

ERA Journal ID210167
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AuthorCurtis, Elizabeth
Journal TitleAthens Journal of Education
Journal Citation2 (4), pp. 313-330
Number of Pages18
Year2015
Place of PublicationGreece
ISSN2241-7958
2407-9898
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.30958/aje.2-4-2
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The idea of teacher quality is at the forefront of educational debates and research globally. A teacher for the 21st Century must be equipped with a sophisticated range of skills and capabilities, but it must go beyond knowledge, understanding and skills, to include effective dispositions, strong student/teacher relationships, communicative capacity, empathic character and self-awareness. Teacher quality encompasses many aspects, including skills, knowledge, attitudes, dispositions and values. This paper reports on a qualitative case study conducted with pre-service teachers in a Faculty of Education in an Australian university. One of the findings of the study points to the benefits of pre-service teachers engaging in an explicit values-based pedagogy. Through their engagement with such pedagogy, in this case Philosophy in the Classroom, the participants became more aware of the values dimension of quality teaching. If teachers are better prepared in the values dimension of teaching, this will make them more holistic quality teachers which will in turn positively impact upon student achievement and well-being.

Keywordsphilosophy in the classroom; pre-service teacher education; quality teaching; values education
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390307. Teacher education and professional development of educators
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Byline AffiliationsQueensland University of Technology
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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