Muffet Trout, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in CELC’s Teacher Education department, recently published “Making the Moment Matter: Care Theory for Teacher Learning.”
Three years in the making, “Making the Moment Matter” is Trout’s first book and a self-study of her own teaching practice. It takes a look at the development of relationships in educational settings through a series of narratives: four chapters chronicling four different relationships, in which Trout uses Nel Noddings’ care theory to analyze her own teaching style.
The content lends itself to class discussions, seminar settings, field experience and clinical practice; its audience includes and extends beyond educational researchers, teacher educators and student teachers.
Todd Dinkelman, Ph.D., University of Georgia, praises the book:
“Making the Moment Matter is a wonderful contribution to the literature on meaningful teacher education. Grounded in Nel Noddings’ relational ethic of care, this finely written book explores both the moral foundations and the lived realities of facilitating teacher development through pedagogical caring. Trout’s theoretically rich, carefully designed, and engaging inquiry could not be more timely. In an era when reform talk in teaching and teacher education is increasingly characterized by reference to outcomes, accountability and “value added” measures, this book reminds us that better teaching is a process centered on caring relationships. Her work has a great deal to offer many different readers—educational researchers interested in models of well-crafted studies of practice, teacher educators looking for insights into the complex work of teacher development, and others who wish to learn more about the manner of relationships that stand at the heart of education.”
“Making the Moment Matter” is available internationally, online at Sense Publishers’ website and in the University of St. Thomas bookstores.