Dispositions as goals for teacher education

Lilian G. Katz, James D. Raths

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It is proposed that professional dispositions be added to professional knowledge and skills as goals for teacher education programs. Dispositions, which are defined as summaries of act frequencies or trends in behavior, are contrasted with habits, skills, attitudes, and traits. Professional dispositions are treated as "habits of mind" that give rise to the employment of skills and are ideally manifested by skillful behavior. Justifications for including dispositions in the goals of teacher education are also proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-307
Number of pages7
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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