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Teaching is a complex and challenging endeavor. Teachers are continually faced with difficult choices in which competing values are set in tension with one another. The interests of all students, and of other groups and constituencies, can rarely be served at the same time. Different educational goals, each desirable in and of itself, often place incompatible demands on teachers, especially in light of the limited resources and time available to most of them. Of course, teaching does have its satisfactions and fulfillments, but increasingly those rewards must be sought in the context of challenges that reflect the competing expectations society places upon educators.These essays tackle important aspects of the complex, often conflicted contexts of teaching. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of teaching, offering candid analysis of the difficulties and trade-offs inherent in teaching practice, while suggesting ways to productively address a given conflict. Together, the chapters speak honestly to the realities and challenges of teaching, without downplaying the ideals that draw teachers into education in the first place.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813328645
ISBN-10: 0813328640
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 11mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 12-Sep-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Nicholas C. Burbules

Nicholas C. Burbules is professor of educational policy studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and currently serves as editor of Educational Theory.David T. Hansen is associate professor in the College of Education, University of Illinois at Chicago. Nicholas C. Burbules is professor of educational policy studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and currently serves as editor of Educational Theory.David T. Hansen is associate professor in the College of Education, University of Illinois at Chicago.

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