Exceptional educators: Investigating Dimensions of their practice.

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Cohen, A., Porath, M. & Bai, H. (2010). Exceptional educators: Investigating Dimensions of their practice. Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal, 4(2).

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Teacher education
Exceptional educators
Inner work
Reflective practice
Skillful educators
Holistic education

A view is proposed that being a skillful educator requires more than consummate knowledge of subject matter, good pedagogical technique, and even an ability to form good relationships with students. The position taken is that central to becoming a truly gifted educator is an integrated process of achieving accomplishment and skill as a human being with self-awareness, the ability to do personal inner-work, relationalabilities, and ability to facilitate the group and community development dimensions of a classroom. The ineffable aspect of such educators is that they readily engage students in existing circumstances both personally and pedagogically. Ideas are offered to further investigation into the development and nurturance of such educators.

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