Understanding ourselves as teachers

A classic introduction to the delights and challenges of teaching is:

A sensitive account of the values and commitment of primary school teachers, of relevance to secondary, is:

For an appreciative guide to being a teacher from a secondary perspective, of relevance to primary, see:

On teacher development and commitment through careers and lives, the classic account is Huberman’s. We also have excellent contemporary work from Day and Gu.

For a thorough exploration of how student teachers learn from the expertise of practising teachers, see:

The following suggestions help us to analyse our experiences and feelings as teachers, including a focus on the day-to-day practices and emotions of teachers. They also offer thoughts on the development of a new professional discourse in response to changes.

The next three books aim to help teachers enhance their self-esteem and personal development. Lawrence suggests strategies for reducing stress and raising self-esteem. Hook and Vass explore practical ways teachers can increase their self-esteem and effectiveness. Goodland and McMannon focus on the importance of developing a strong sense of self.

Teacher stress and 'burnout' are increasingly common. Firstly, a book by Holmes provides strategies for coping with stress, especially in relation to teacher careers, and for improving well-being.

For further supportive books on this, see:

Easen provides many suggestions for developing teachers' capacities for self-understanding in the book below, whilst Loughran and Russell provide direct advice on self-study in teacher education:

Another book which advocates self-study for teachers and which also give guidance on how to go about this is;

A considerable amount of work on teacher biography has been conducted. This illustrates links between the personal and professional spheres of activity and demonstrates effects on careers. For example:

Nieto presents observations from veteran teachers about the maintenance of enthusiasm:

Sachs explores, and presents alternative forms of, teacher professionalism:

Atkinson and Claxton examine the relationship between intuition and reason within professional practice:

Goodson advocates the teacher as 'public intellectual' in the following book:

A fascinating account has been produced by Sikes of the interplay between teaching and parenting;

In the following book Ellsmore examines the portrayal of teachers in film and TV:

The following group of further readings follow up ideas about teachers’ articulation of their aims, values, moral purposes, motivations and commitments. The first, by Moore, presents three current discourses of 'good teaching':

There are a number of distinctive philosophical analyses of teachers’ educational purposes. Contrast for example:

For an excellent historical analysis which demonstrates the importance of considering aims and value positions within their social context, see:

Two books which provide an interesting comparative perspective on teachers and teaching are:

Teaching is, of course, work and teachers are employees with both contractual duties and rights which need to be protected. For a historically informed analysis of the ways in which teachers organise collectively to protect their interests and influence policy in the UK, see:

A number of publications have focused on specific aspects of identity such as gender or ethnic identity in exploring teachers’ work experience. See:

Accounts of research into effects of teachers' expectations on pupils are provided in: