Portraits of Teacher Preparation: Learning to Teach in a Changing America

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More often, teacher educators and the programs and institutions they represent are often confronted with an increasingly difficult responsibility of preparing teachers to address issues of diversity, social justice, and equity. Here, Patrick and Karen Jenlink bring to the foreground, current work by teacher educators in universities across the U.S. It specifically focuses on the challenges of: · Standards and accountability · The No Child Left Behind Act · Licensure/certification issues · Increasing diversity · Issues of social justice · Shifting demographics, and · The myriad of social issues that make schools and teaching problematic. The editors incorporate "portrait" as a metaphor and guiding lens for examining their respective programs, providing richly detailed descriptions, and defining qualities of the teacher preparation programs that illuminate how teachers learn in a field-based program. The nine portraits presented throughout this book provide the reader an experience of seeing new ways of learning to teach, set against the backdrop of a changing America. The authors demonstrate an understanding of the need to set aside conventional practices for new mediums of expression and learning and constructing new and alternative pedagogies for learning. Importantly, the authors present a narrative window into learning to teach that reflects a re-imagining of teacher education as a culturally and ethically responsive action towards creating alternative futures for America's schools. For faculty and administrators in higher education, teacher educators, and public school staff.
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Editorial Reviews

Teacher educators interested in program reform will find this book an excellent source of information. Highly recommended.
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This text demonstrates ways that teacher preparation programs are responding to the nation's changing demographics and growing diversity, concerns for social justice and democratic practice, concerns for preparing teachers who understand urban education and all of its challenges, and concerns for reimaging teacher education as a culturally and ethnically responsive action toward creating alternative futures for America's schools.
Teacher educators interested in program reform will find this book an excellent source of information. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578862696
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick M. Jenlink is a professor of doctoral studies in the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership and director of the Educational Research Center at Stephen F. Austin State University. His research interests include teacher and leadership preparation, democratic education, and issues of social justice. Karen Embry Jenlink is a professor in the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership and currently serves as coordinator for Masters' Programs in Secondary Education at Stephen F. Austin State University. Her research interests include teacher leadership and teacher identity, teacher preparation, and democratic education.
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Table of Contents

Overview 5
1 Learning to teach in a changing America 13
2 Center X : where research and practice intersect for urban school professionals : a portrait of the teacher education program at the University of California, Los Angeles 33
3 Collaboration and inquiry : learning to teach at the Lynch School of Education 53
4 Reimagining one urban teacher education program : transformation through inquiry, difference, and field experience 73
5 Keepers of the flame : the CARE program for democratic education 99
6 Cultivating democratic learning communities : three portraits of Roosevelt University's Department of Teacher Education 113
7 Converging voices : teaching and learning to teach 133
8 A portrait in time and context : the TE collaborative 20% internship program 155
9 Adapting to meet the needs of a growing, urban school district 175
10 Teacher education for our schools and our community 199
11 Reflective and aesthetic inquiry : seeing the whole 221
12 Coda : a portrait of teacher education : imagining alternative possibilities 235
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