Teacher Culture Professional and Ideologue Teachers

Meenakshi Thapan

in Life at School

Second edition

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780195679649
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081837 | DOI:
Teacher Culture Professional and Ideologue Teachers

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Teachers and pupils make significant contributions to the social reality of the Rishi Valley School and have views and identities of their own in relation to their environment. In Rishi Valley, the world of the teacher, or teacher culture, is made up of several strands: the teacher's role as perceived by the school and their recruitment to this role, as well as their orientations and commitments to this role and the forms these take in terms of their perceived identities. This chapter explores teacher culture in Rishi Valley, focusing on the differences between professional and ‘ideologue’ teachers (i.e. those with a point of view which is closely allied with Krishnamurthy's philosophy behind the school). It first discusses the demands of the local order and then analyses the recruitment of teachers in the school. It also considers teachers' commitment and their perception of their role in the school. Finally, it presents two case studies, one for the professional teacher and another for the ‘ideologue’ teacher.

Keywords: teachers; teacher culture; Rishi Valley School; local order; teacher recruitment; Krishnamurthy's philosophy; professional teacher; ideologue teacher

Chapter.  9707 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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