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Re: [teacherartexchange] dispositions of art teachers


From: Sidnie Miller (SMILLER_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Sep 25 2006 - 12:23:26 PDT

I really have a problem with the "Civilly and professionally disobedient". Are you serious?

>>> 9/24/2006 12:32 pm >>>
Hi Pam,

There is some discussion about this at Texas Woman's university. There is even
a form that identifies dispositions of future teachers that we
encourage/support. This has been created to allow people (faculty/staff) to
identify students who may not have an "appropriate" disposition to be a
teacher. Of course, this is controversial Nevertheless, it is an attempt to
alert people to particular students who may need to be "counseled" out of
teacher education or identify students who need help.

The kind of dispositions I would like to see are:

inquiring minds, student centered, mindfulness, creativity, resourcefulness,
professional, civily and professionally disobedient, human relation skills,
integrity, ethical, wisdom, compassion, sees both sides, passionate about
teaching and learning.

This is not my exhaustive list, but it is a start. I am not sure I could have
lived up to these dispositions when I was a very immature beginning art
educator at the tender age of 21. Nevertheless, these are my thoughts.

Quoting Pam Stephens <>:

> The current discussion that has lead to Diane's remarks about art teacher
> preparation leads me to ask:
> What do you think are the key dispositions that art educators (or those in
> teacher prep programs) should demonstrate?
> Pam
> ***************************************
> Pamela Geiger Stephens, PhD
> School of Art
> Department of Art Education
> PO Box 6020
> Flagstaff, AZ 86011-6020
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Dr. Diane C. Gregory
Associate Professor of Art Education
Director, Graduate & Undergraduate Studies in
Art Education
Department of Visual Arts
Texas Woman's University
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