Teaching as a Moral Practice

Teaching as a Moral Practice Defining, Developing, and Assessing Professional Dispositions in Teacher Education

Edited by Peter C. Murrell Jr., Mary E. Diez, Sharon Feiman-Nemser, and Deborah L. Schussler
cloth, 240 Pages
Pub. Date: December 2010
ISBN-13: 978-1-934742-79-2
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paper, 240 Pages
Pub. Date: December 2010
ISBN-13: 978-1-934742-78-5
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Sometimes understood as habits of mind, “dispositions” represents a new concept in teacher education. Conversations about professional dispositions in teaching often touch on issues such as attitudes, values, moral commitment, and social justice.


Teaching as a Moral Practice provides a coherent and articulate framework for navigating the contested terrain of dispositions for teaching. The series of case examples offers a valuable resource for teacher educators concerned with preparing teachers to act morally and ethically as professionals. — David Carroll, associate professor, Woodring College of Education, Western Washington University

Developed theoretically, framed around policy considerations, and couched in practice, this book argues for teacher-preparation programs that conceptualize, develop, and assess dispositions to richly inform the ethical and moral practices of future teachers. The editors do not shy away from asking hard questions or from highlighting the challenges faced in bringing dispositions fully into the ‘knowledge and skills’ conversation. — Lisa M. Stooksberry, director of certification standards, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

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About the Editors

Peter C. Murrell, Jr., is the founding dean of the school of education and professor of educational psychology at Loyola College in Maryland.

Mary Diez is professor of education and dean of graduate studies at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Sharon Feiman-Nemser is the Mandel Professor of Jewish Education at Brandeis University and director of the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education.

Deborah L. Schussler is associate professor in the Department of Education and Human Services at Villanova University.

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