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Most of us can recall teachers who changed our lives, teachers who arrived to teach us what we needed to know just when we needed to know it. The amazing thing about such people is they change us so that we become ourselves. It's as if they have a magical ability to know us better than we know ourselves. How does this happen? Where does the power of great teaching come from? In Teachers Who Change Lives, leading Australian educationists Andrew Metcalfe and Ann Game cast new light on the processes of teaching and learning. The authors argue that outstanding teachers do not mould students by pushing them towards the achievement of externally based measurements of excellence (the 'perfect TER score or bust' model), but instead encourage them to reach their full potential by teaching them to follow their passions and interests. In interviews, some of Australia's most respected names-including Stephanie Alexander, Dawn Casey, Greg Chappell, Betty Churcher, Helen Garner, Shane Gould and Michael Kirby-reveal the significant classroom experiences and influential teachers that helped shape their futures. A book for parents of school-age children, for teachers and those in

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780522851755
ISBN-10: 0522851754
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 132mm x 24mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Melbourne University Press
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Andrew Metcalfe

Andrew Metcalfe and Ann Game are both associate professors in the School of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of New South Wales. In 2003 they were awarded the UNSW Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. They have been teaching and writing together for more than 15 years, and their previous books include "The First Year Experience, ""The Mystery of Everyday Life, "and the Amalfi Prize-nominated "Passionate Sociology."

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