Teaching – Between Attention and Delivery

  • Halvor Hoveid
  • Marit Honerød Hoveid
Part of the Contemporary Philosophies and Theories in Education book series (COPT, volume 12)


This chapter thematise the act of teaching and the effects freedom and responsibility have on the acts of teaching. We argue for the necessity of teaching as acts expressing a responsible teacher-self who secures the collective value of knowledge in the subject matter. To serve the justice of an education for all through the act of teaching, we argue, every student taught must become an “I can” in relation to society and its knowledge.

We argue that teachers should experience the importance of taking responsibility for teaching, meaning that teachers must pay attention to the students’ way of understanding and learning, and they must adjust their acts towards the collectivity of students in their class. Teaching also refers to the school, an organisation, which is the level that secures justice in education. We discuss this in relation to the tendency to organise teaching as a mean for an economy. The field of economy seeks profitable ends and tends to restructure knowledge as goods available for students, as goods on a market. This stresses teachers’ self-understanding.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Halvor Hoveid
    • 1
  • Marit Honerød Hoveid
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Teacher EducationNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway
  2. 2.Department of Education and Lifelong LearningNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway

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