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Teachers' Know-How: A Philosophical Investigation

ISBN: 978-1-119-35572-4
248 pages
February 2017, Wiley-Blackwell


Teachers’ Know-How: A Philosophical Investigation presents a comprehensive and up to date philosophical treatment of the kinds of knowledge and “know-how” that educators should possess.

  • Offers an original and in-depth study of teachers’ know-how which situates teaching within the spectrum of professions
  • Critiques the currently fashionable craft conception of teaching and the view of teaching as protocol-driven which is currently influential in policymaking circles
  • Utilizes epistemological debates on the nature of know-how to inform understanding of the work of teachers
  • Features detailed examples including some drawn from the author’s own long professional experience of a teacher in a wide range of different contexts
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Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Introduction: Education and Teaching 1

2 Schooling and the Occupation of Teaching 21

3 Dimensions of Expertise and Their Relevance to Teaching 39

4 Towards a Typology of Occupations 59

5 The Elements of Teacher Knowledge and Know-How 77

6 Teaching as a Craft Occupation 97

7 The Teacher as Executive Technician, or the Temptations of ‘Teacher Proof’ Teaching 115

8 The Teacher as a Professional Technician 133

9 Teaching as an Occupation 151

10 Teacher Education 169

11 A Good Teacher? 187

12 Some Outstanding Issues 203

Bibliography 217

Index 227

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Author Information

CHRISTOPHER WINCH is Professor of Educational Philosophy and Policy, School of Education, Communication and Society, King's College London. He is the author of numerous books and articles in the philosophy of education and on professional and vocational education.

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