London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Teachers as symbols of societal power: what cultural icon are we?

Author(s) Ross, A:  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2003  
Editor Europe of Many Cultures, Alastair Ross Ed.  
Language English  
Age group -  
Any consideration of the nature and effectiveness of learning must include an analysis of who provides the teaching. In particular, the transmission of culture cannot be considered purely as something that is defined in formal curriculum terms: it is not composed only of what is taught, and the way that it is taught ? though it clearly does include these elements ? but is also crucially affected by who does the teaching. The hidden curriculum of the staffing of our schools conveys important messages about the culture that we wish to transmit. In an age when the notion of culture is becoming increasingly plural and diverse, we need to ensure that the teaching force ? in both schools and in higher education institutions ? reflects the composition of our society.

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