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This chapter start as a descriptive approach to teaching. The intention with a descriptive opening is to help the reader construct a context for her/his reading of the later chapters. This description of teaching is based on a visit in a classroom of second and third graders in a rural school one day every week for a shorter period of time. The descriptive language has a reference to a testimony of what teaching implies.
The text exceeds a pure description. It is based on an understanding developed in dialogues we had with the teacher, Rachel, about her intentions and what she did, and our interpretations of these dialogues. Thus, we try to develop an understanding of teaching today, that is, in the historical time of the second decade of the twenty-first century, that relates to an actual expression of teaching. The chapter therefore expands from the teachers acts in the classroom to the teachers understanding of herself in relation to a local culture of the school, to the authority of the school owner, the municipality, the state and the development and organisation of education in Western culture.
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