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The Work and Lives of Teachers: A Global Perspective

The Work and Lives of Teachers: A Global Perspective

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Rosetta Marantz Cohen
Cambridge University Press, 12/7/2016
EAN 9781107135741, ISBN10: 1107135745

Hardcover, 250 pages, 23.6 x 15.8 x 1.8 cm
Language: English

The Work and Lives of Teachers offers a simple but original argument: that the cultural attitudes toward the teaching profession measurably influence how students perform. Cohen uses both ethnographic portraits and personal accounts from teachers for several countries to explore the meaning and value of teaching worldwide. This study includes the ways in which teachers in these countries are educated, recruited, compensated, and perceived by parents, students, administrators, and the culture at large. Teachers' voices, so rarely heard in international educational studies, are front and center here, highlighting the daily work in the classroom and the pleasures and struggles of engaging in today's teaching profession. The lesson, briefly stated, is that societies are only as good as the people who teach in them.

Teaching on Earth
introduction
1. Finland
autonomy and respect Annukka Suonio
2. Taiwan
tradition and change Feng-juan Kuo
3. Greece
a week of austerity Vasiliki Michailidou
4. Azerbaijan
teaching in the shadow of war Gulnaz Haciyeva
5. France
defending rigor Laurence Manfrini
6. Chile
revolution and resignation Mauricio Ramirez
7. America
diversity and a passion for leadership Bonnie Fineman
8. The teacher in comparative perspective
9. Teachers in their own words.