Professorial habitus: the object of studies about the act of teaching in the classroom

This article is an attempt to define the proposed concept of "professorial habitus", a process that has been under way since the end of the 1980's. However, the attempt to produce a more stable theoretical structure for the concept took until the end of the 1990's. "Professorial habitus" is the theoretical-methodological way of building a resource capable of explaining teachers' behaviour and, above all, of re-addressing the object of study directed at the act of teaching in the classroom. The place of theory and practice in the formation and activity of teachers was investigated simultaneously and, at the same time, served as a tool for formulating the concept in question. The ideas of Pierre Bourdieu and Edward Palmer Thompson (habitus and experience) constituted the core of the theoretical framework of this investigation.

professorial habitus; classroom teaching


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