Teacher Candidate Beliefs About the Moral Work of Teaching

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Despite the fact that so many teacher educators have been engaged in preparing candidates for the de facto moral work of teaching (MWT) for many years, there are few research reports that explicitly consider not only where teacher candidates need to be, but also what teacher candidates bring with them to the process of teacher preparation. In our recent research, we have begun to provide that data and analysis, suggesting a learner-centered approach to preparing teachers for basic beliefs about that very work (Sanger & Osguthorpe, 2011). Specifically, we have examined teacher candidates' beliefs regarding:

  • The nature and purpose of teaching
  • Their reasons for wanting to be teachers
  • Their understandings of the moral aspects of their future work