A Strong Core of Qualities: a model of the professional educator that moves beyond reflection

Norman Charles Coutts, Karen Ann McArdle

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This paper seeks to move beyond reflective practice as an approach to continuing professional development in teaching and related professions. Drawing on experience of working with teachers in a Scottish Higher Education context, consideration is given to what makes a “good” teacher, leading to a new model proposal that emphasises the importance to continuing professional development of sense making. A strong core of qualities is identified as an important characteristic of teachers able to grow and develop practice. The composition, characteristics and action of this strong core are identified.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-237
Number of pages13
JournalStudies in Continuing Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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