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Hong Kong University Teachers' Conceptions and Articulation of Teacher Care: Toward Building a Model of Caring Pedagogy

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Caroline Walker-Gleaves



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Springer, 2022.

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This paper addresses university teachers’ conceptions and articulation of teacher care as informed by their teaching practice within the Hong Kong university context. The research is predicated upon the perspectives of caring university teachers identified through a systematic process of reputational-case selection, and their narrations analyzed by thematic analysis. Three overarching themes, ‘Humanitarian Caring Whole-person Education’, ‘Student-centred Caring Teaching’ and ‘Invisible Caring Acts’, were identified. Based on the overarching themes, we propose a model of ‘Caring Pedagogy of Student-centredness and Invisible Care’. This study contributes to enriching the existing literature on teacher care and caring pedagogy from university teachers’ perspectives. We advocate the integration of care into pedagogy, whilst university administrators could provide more institutional support for practising caring pedagogy for the benefits of our students.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Tang A, Walker-Gleaves C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Higher Education

Year: 2022

Volume: 83

Pages: 503-526

Print publication date: 01/03/2022

Online publication date: 11/01/2021

Acceptance date: 18/12/2020

Date deposited: 03/01/2021

ISSN (print): 0018-1560

ISSN (electronic): 1573-174X

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s10734-020-00675-3


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