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Demoralized: The Moral and Ethical Sources of Teacher Dissatisfaction

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Learning Speaker Series

Date & time
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

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Doris Santoro


This event is free



Teacher dissatisfaction is widely understood as the primary reason why experienced teachers leave the profession. Concerns about teacher burnout dominate the general and education media as the explanation for educators’ dissatisfaction.

In this talk and Q&A, Doris Santoro will address the shortcomings of thinking about teacher well-being in terms of satisfaction. She will also highlight the problematic assumptions embedded in the concept of burnout. Santoro will draw on examples from interviews, surveys, social media and news media to argue that efforts to improve teacher well-being need to address the moral and ethical concerns of educators, in addition to other structural supports inside and outside of schools.

About the speaker

Doris Santoro is a philosopher of education who conducts empirical research to study and theorize about the moral and ethical sources of teacher dissatisfaction and resistance. She is a teacher educator for pre-service and experienced practitioners and examines how norms and values are communicated in professional communities.

Professor Santoro is a senior associate editor for the American Journal of Education. She is a fellow with the National Education Policy Center.

Portrait on smiling woman with short dark hair wearing beige shirt Doris Santoro

Presented as part of the Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Learning Speaker Series by Concordia University's Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance (CSLP)

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