John Baptist de La Salle, the patron saint of teachers, lived in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (1651 to 1719). He became involved in education and founded many schools in France based upon his development of innovative and effective teaching methods. He also was a pioneer in the training of teachers. De La Salle had many ideas about education including what constitutes the characteristics and dispositions of good teachers.
The purpose of this study is to compare De La Salle’ ideas about the characteristics and dispositions of good teachers to twentieth and twenty-first-century ideas about what makes a good, effective teacher. Click to read on.