Changing Patterns of Power: Social Regulation and Teacher Education Reform

Changing Patterns of Power: Social Regulation and Teacher Education Reform

by Thomas S. Popkewitz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791414485

ISBN-13: 9780791414484

Pub. Date: 07/28/1993

Publisher: State University of New York Press

The reform of teacher education has been a focal point of state action in industrial countries since the early 1980s. Given this convergence of educational and governmental activity, the studies presented here are a significant departure from conventional discourse on reform, because they explore the ways that social regulation and political power operate through

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The reform of teacher education has been a focal point of state action in industrial countries since the early 1980s. Given this convergence of educational and governmental activity, the studies presented here are a significant departure from conventional discourse on reform, because they explore the ways that social regulation and political power operate through the processes of educational reform.

This book considers the reform of teacher education to be an integral part of the larger system of social regulation that takes place in the arena of schooling. Reforms in teacher education involve complex sets of interactions among and within social institutions. These interactions help shape power relations and patterns of social regulation that operate through state, university, and school interactions. Nevertheless, the patterns that give direction and value to teacher education are not easily discerned in public discussions of educational change. Instead, many of the most important regulatory aspects of teacher education reform are partly obscured by a public discourse that focuses attention on formal responses to socioeconomic events, and that tends to divert critical attention away from the power that is exercised—and the interests that are served—during reform.

This volume presents studies of reform in Australia, Finland, Iceland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Although these countries differ in their political and social histories, rates and levels of industrialization, and patterns of educational practice, there is a striking commonality in both the strategies that are employed to reform teacher education, and in the nature of social regulation that is a concomitant of reform.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791414484
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/28/1993
Series:
SUNY series, Teacher Preparation and Development Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
382

Table of Contents

Preface
1An Eight Country Study of Reform Practices in Teacher Education: An Outline of the Problematic1
2The Portuguese State and Teacher Education Reform: A Socio-historical Perspective to Changing Patterns of Control53
3Teacher Education in Spain: A Postponed Reform87
4Change and Regulation in Icelandic Teacher Education123
5Educational Science, the State, and Teachers: Forming the Corporate Regulation of Teacher Education in Finland161
6Teacher Education and Teachers' Work in Sweden: Reform Strategies and Professional Reorientation211
7U.S. Teacher Education Reforms: Regulatory Practices of the State, University, and Research263
8Change in Teacher Education: The Case of England303
9Centralized Control and Teacher Education in Australia347
Contributors369
Index371

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