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Chapter 4: English Teachers' Professional Development

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English Teachers' Professional Development
English teachers' professional development
The Art and Spirituality of Professional Development

The notion of English teaching as an art rather than a technology, that runs throughout this book, is developed in this chapter as any improvement in teaching must necessarily be a development of the art of teaching. The professional development of an English teacher must be seen in its aesthetic, ethical and even spiritual aspects. Here, the improvement of the practical ‘craft of the classroom’ skills that make the art of English teaching possible is explored and classical spiritual disciplines are drawn upon in exploring the professional development achieved through action or practitioner research and reflection.

Recently, moves have been made to introduce aesthetic approaches into teacher development such as the art of ...

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