Review Essay: Talking about Challenges of Being a Teacher


  • Eduardo Sarquis Soares Instituto Metodista Izabela Hendrix



being a teacher, participation, coteaching, cogenerative dialoguing, Spielraum, understanding of practice, praxis, praxeology, non-equilibrium systems


Being and Becoming in the Classroom presents a reflection established inside educa­tional practice, which allows us to understand the learning process of teachers while they are im­mersed in their daily work. ROTH analyzes very concrete situations that are experienced by edu­cators as part of their professional lives. Thinking from a teacher's point of view, I intend to suggest that the idea of situated knowledge, which inte­grates the background of the book, can be ex­pand­ed when it includes an articulation of social conflicts. For discussing that idea, I take advan­tage of my own practice as source of empirical evi­dence, trying to learn one of the most important lessons that the book brought me, relating to the im­plica­tions of the concepts of praxis and the under­stand­ing of practice. I discuss ROTH's key con­cept of Spielraum (room to maneuver) starting from the ideas contained in the book, and again pro­posing a counterpoint with my own experiences. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs040350


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Author Biography

Eduardo Sarquis Soares, Instituto Metodista Izabela Hendrix

Eduardo Sarquis SOARES is a mathematics teacher at Instituto Metodista Izabela Hendrix, a physics teacher at Fundação Educacional Mosenhor Messias. He is also a coordinator at a school that is a founded cooperative and maintained by a community of parents (Escola Cooperativa de Ensino de Belo Horizonte). He is the author of Matemática com o Sarquis (1998), a collection of four mathematics books written for children from 7 to 11 years old, evaluated by the PNLD official program and offered to all public schools by the central government of Brazil. He is joint author of a collection of four mathematics books for adolescents from 11 to 14 years. This work is in press.




How to Cite

Soares, E. S. (2004). Review Essay: Talking about Challenges of Being a Teacher. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 5(3).