Imagining Teachers: Rethinking Gender Dynamics in the Classroom

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Overview

This book calls for a different understanding of the professional preparation of pre-service teachers, critically reflecting on issues of caring and gender, and challenging the dominance of 'words only' educational research methodologies. Using conceptual tools from visual anthropology, cultural studies, feminism and critical pedagogy, Fischman focuses on the educational dilemmas that students and professors in teacher education programs face within institutions that reinforce, rather than challenge, oppressive class, racial, ethnic and gender dynamics. He pays special attention to the transmission of models of teaching that are invested of essential masculine and feminine patterns that potentially lead to two very distinctive professional careers: one that is associated with 'dedication' and 'care', and a second that emphasizes 'order' and 'command'.
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Editorial Reviews

Choice
An interesting examination of gender in teacher education. Reccomended for graduate students and professionals.
Educational Review
[A] marvellous book. . . . A rich text which is a must for anyone currently working in teacher education. It provides a refreshing alternative to the numerous exhortations to 'effectiveness' and 'improvement' currently on offer.
Nwsa Journal
A strength of this work is Fischman's extensive literature base. A distinction of Fischman's text is the opportunity to examine data in the visual form through drawings from TEP students. The images are powerful in their revelation of the strong stereotypes in the student's perceptions.
Comparative Education Review
A rich addition to comparativist's library. A solid contribution to the field of teacher education and to improved methodology within the field of comparative education.
Journal Of Anthropological Research
In Fischman's ethnographic work we find important discussion and examples of hwo to do the work of education as well as finely nuanced data and analysis of gendered roles. This allows the reader to understand the context of Argentinian education and also to see the connections to conditions and situations in North American teacher education programs. A fine job of crisscrossing the borders by a border-crosser himself.
CHOICE
An interesting examination of gender in teacher education. Reccomended for graduate students and professionals.
Feminist Formations
A strength of this work is Fischman's extensive literature base. A distinction of Fischman's text is the opportunity to examine data in the visual form through drawings from TEP students. The images are powerful in their revelation of the strong stereotypes in the student's perceptions.
Nelly P. Stromquist
Gustavo Fischman’s Imagining Teachers is a most welcome addition to our understanding of teachers’ beliefs about their profession and practice. By focusing on student teachers, rather than teachers, Fischman catches them at a very revealing moment of their socialization.
From the Publisher
This is a striking and unusual book. Mainly, this is because of the use of images, drawings and photographs which are used to make the arguments. The image [cover image] is powerful, as is the book, and to understand the connections you will need to see the book and see the other images inside. Do this and imagine!
Journal of Anthropological Research
In Fischman's ethnographic work we find important discussion and examples of hwo to do the work of education as well as finely nuanced data and analysis of gendered roles. This allows the reader to understand the context of Argentinian education and also to see the connections to conditions and situations in North American teacher education programs. A fine job of crisscrossing the borders by a border-crosser himself.
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Meet the Author

Gustavo E. Fischman is assistant professor in the College of Education at Arizona State University.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Gender, Identity, and Power: Who Cares? Chapter 4 Methods, Images, and Metaphors Chapter 5 A Brief History of Elementary Teacher Education in Argentina: Institutions and Social Representations Chapter 6 Teacher Tango: Caring, Suffering, and Smiling Chapter 7 Imagining Teacher Education Chapter 8 Bibliography
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