The Classroom as an Arena of Teachers' Work

  • Margaret Freund
Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE, volume 21)

The image often portrayed of teachers in classrooms is often a rather heroic figure, suffused with the myth of individualism. They are either pictured as strong and capable and managing the class with firm precision, or else pictured as a romantic figure expressing love and care for her students. Rather than the two dimensional Hollywood image of teachers(Ayers, 1993; Dalton, 2004), this chapter will explore how everyday life in the classroom is far more dynamic; that teachers understand their work in terms of their experience, their beliefs about students and how they relate to them and their emotional engagement with their work. Teachers work is constructed around particular beliefs that are rarely questioned, but which are understood within the concept of materiality of practices through processes of socialisation for their students and for their work practices.


Teacher Education Primary Teacher Pastoral Care Catholic School Emotional Work 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret Freund
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  1. 1.Professional Community Identity and Social Justice, School of EducationUniversity of South AustraliaMawson, Lakes CampusAustralia, Margaret

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