Sharing the stories of educators working in a diverse range of international contexts, Being a Teacher uses personal narratives to explore effective teaching and learning in global settings. Demonstrating how personal values influence pedagogical practice, and asking how practice can be improved, authors reflect on their experiences not just as teachers, but also as learners, to offer essential guidance for all prospective educational professionals.
The book focuses on teacher narratives as a vehicle for consideration of teacher professionalism, and as a way of understanding issues which are important to teachers in different contexts. By sharing and analysing these narratives, the book discusses the increasing complexity of teaching as a profession, and considers the commonality within the narratives. Each chapter includes graphic representations of analysis and encourages its reader to reflect critically on central questions, thereby constructing their own narrative.
Being a Teacher provides an in-depth and engaging insight into the education system at a global level, making it an essential read for anyone embarking on a teaching career within the international education market.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Introductions
2. How we wrote this book
3. Who are we
Part 2: Our Experiences as Learners
4. My day in education
5. My best teacher
6. Lessons learned
7. Motivations to succeed:
Part 3: Our Experiences as Teachers
8. Watching others teach
9. Our best lessons
Part 4: Visions for Education
10. Our Vision
11. What Makes a Global Educator?
Lucy Cooker is Course Leader for the International Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Nottingham University, UK.
Tony Cotton writes widely on education for learners and teachers. He is currently working with educators in Brazil, Jamaica and Macedonia and is a tutor for the International Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Nottingham University, UK.
Helen Toft is Lead Tutor on the International Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Nottingham University, UK, and teaches the Bangkok cohort of the programme.