Powerful Teacher Education: Lessons from Exemplary Programs / Edition 1by Linda Darling-Hammond, Julia Koppich, Letitia Fickel, Maritza Macdonald
Pub. Date: 04/28/2006
There is wide agreement that the key to better schools is better teachers. If we are to prepare diverse students with the knowledge required by today's society, we need teachers with the sophisticated skills to teach all learners well. Yet the task of preparing thesemore knowledgeable and skillful teachers has been a difficult one, as schools of education… See more details below
There is wide agreement that the key to better schools is better teachers. If we are to prepare diverse students with the knowledge required by today's society, we need teachers with the sophisticated skills to teach all learners well. Yet the task of preparing thesemore knowledgeable and skillful teachers has been a difficult one, as schools of education have been poorly resourced and frequently criticized as weak, fragmented, and out of touch. If we are to have teachers who can meet the challenges of today's demanding classrooms, we must start with strong teacher education programs that can help teachers become highly capable from their first days on the job.
Powerful Teacher Education describes the strategies, goals, content, and processes of seven highly successful and long-standing teacher education programsAlverno College, Bank Street College, Trinity University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Southern Maine, University of Virginia, and Wheelock College. All these colleges and universities have succeeded in preparing teachers to teach diverse learners to achieve high levels of performance and understanding. In discussing the common features of these programs, Linda Darling-Hammond shows what outstanding teacher education models do and how they do it, and what their graduates accomplish as a result. Powerful Teacher Education also examines the policies, organizational features, resources, and relationships that have enabled these programs to succeed.
Powerful Teacher Education offers a clear picture of what good teacher education looks like in practice, what those who have experienced it can do, and what it takes to provide quality preparation within and across universities and schools. This book is a valuable tool for educators involved in the daunting task of making teacher education a vital part of the educational system.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION.
1. Creating Powerful Teacher Education.
2. Why Teacher Education Is Important-and Difficult.
3. Addressing the Dilemmas of Teacher Education: Evidence of Success.
PART TWO: CONCEPTUALIZING KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND PRACTICE.
4. Conceptualizing the Knowledge Base for Teaching.
5. Developing and Assessing Teaching: Constructing Performances of Understanding.
6. Constructing the Clinical Experience: The Glue for Powerful Preparation.
PART THREE: BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER.
7. The Double Helix of Teaching: Managing the Dialectic Between Students and Subjects.
8. Educating for Equity.
9. Preparing Teachers to Reach All Students.
PART FOUR: ISSUES OF CONTEXT AND CHANGE.
10. Transforming Teacher Education: Institutional Challenges.
11. Developing Professional Policy.
Appendix A. Study Methodology.
Appendix B. Survey Results.
Appendix C. Program Structures
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