The Moral Dimensions of Teaching: Language, Power, and Culture in Classroom Interaction


reviewed by Domenic Berducci - 2003

coverTitle: The Moral Dimensions of Teaching: Language, Power, and Culture in Classroom Interaction
Author(s): Cary A. Buzzelli, Bill Johnston
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0815339275, Pages: 172, Year: 2002
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Cary A. Buzzelli and Bill Johnstonís The Moral Dimensions of Teaching: Language, Power, and Culture in Classroom Interaction constitutes an ambitious analysis that addresses morality grounded in classroom interaction. Through their analysis the authors make public the moment-to-moment moral aspects of teaching practice, a subject too long ignored. Their analysis does not constitute a decontextualized scientific look at morality; rather it comprises a genuine concerned view, expressing a lived morality on the parts of the authors. Buzzelli and Johnston cover every aspect of classroom morality: morality as it inheres in classroom discourse, morality and power, morality and culture; and finally in the last chapter they discuss the moral aspects of designing curricula, implementing lessons, and evaluating students. Discussing morality in any context is at best a thorny and delicate matter. However, Buzzelli and Johnston handle it authoritatively, comprehensively, and express sensitivity both to readers and to participants in their studies. The force of their writing indicates that they have wrestled with moral ambiguities in their own teaching. This was... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1363-1367
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11078, Date Accessed: 8/11/2020 8:44:23 PM

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