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Professional Teacher Dispositions


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Preface Chapter 1: Chapter 1: An Introduction to Dispositions in Education By R. Lee Smith Chapter 2: Caring, Love, and Empathy By R. Lee Smith Chapter 3: Enthusiasm, Optimism, and Humor By Terry Shepherd Chapter 4: Reflection By Denise Skarbek and Emily Williams Chapter 5: Diversity: Beyond Tolerance By Patty Alvarez McHatton and Erica McCray Chapter 6: Teaching as a Calling By Patricia Parrish, Karen Hahn, Candace Roberts, and Randall Woodard Chapter 7: Teacher Leadership By Bruce Watson and Michael Horvath Chapter 8: Equity and Social Justice in the Classroom By Sara Sage, Hope Smith Davis, and Linda Young Chapter 9: Evaluating Dispositional Behaviors in Teacher Education and Schools by R. Lee Smith and Denise Skarbek Chapter 10: Dispositional Vignettes and Discussion Questions By R. Lee Smith, Kristine Smith, Terry Shepherd, Denise Skarbek, Emily Williams, Patty Alvarez McHatton, Erica McCray, Patricia Parrish, Karen Hahn , Candace Roberts, Randall Woodard, Bruce Watson, Michael Horvath, Sara Sage, Hope Smith Davis, and Linda Young About the Contributors Index

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R. Lee Smith is an associate professor in special education at Indiana University-South Bend. In the last 30 years, he has served as an associate dean, public school administrator, teacher, and teacher's aide in public education. Denise Skarbek is a professor of education in the School of Education and Social Services at Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, FL. Her publications and research interests include special education and teacher education, particularly in the areas of reflection, youth violence, technology, and sexual abuse.


A timely book! One that not only discusses dispositions but directs the professional educator to reflect and develop sustainable attitudes for student and instructional success. I especially enjoyed the sections on dispositions as mediators and the in-depth description of reflective practices. -- Carol Walker, Dean of the School of Education and Social Services, Saint Leo University
This book is an excellent resource for higher education faculty to use in addressing the complex issues surrounding dispositions and dispositional behaviors. A specific strength of this book is the use of cases and vignettes to guide individual reflection or to use as a teaching tool to generate thought- provoking conversations. -- Marci Greene, Dean of the College of Education at Florida Gulf Coast University

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