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Teacher Education and the Struggle for Social Justice / Edition 1
     

Teacher Education and the Struggle for Social Justice / Edition 1

by Kenneth M. Zeichner
 

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ISBN-10: 0805858652

ISBN-13: 9780805858655

Pub. Date: 04/02/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Kenneth M. Zeichner examines the relationships between various aspects of teacher education, teacher development, and their contributions to the achievement of greater justice in schooling and in the broader society in this selection of his work from 1991-2008. The focus is on issues of equity and social justice in teacher education and teacher professional

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Kenneth M. Zeichner examines the relationships between various aspects of teacher education, teacher development, and their contributions to the achievement of greater justice in schooling and in the broader society in this selection of his work from 1991-2008. The focus is on issues of equity and social justice in teacher education and teacher professional development.

One major theme that comes up in different ways across the chapters is Zeichner's belief that the mission of teacher education programs is to prepare teachers in ways that enable them to successfully educate everyone's children. He cautions against uncritical acceptance of concepts and practices in teacher education, such as social justice, reflection, action research, and professional development schools, without closer examination of the purposes toward which they are directed in practice and the actual consequences associated with their use. A second theme is an argument for a view of democratic deliberation in schooling, teacher education, and educational research where members of various constituent groups have genuine input into the educational process.

Teacher Education and the Struggle for Social Justice is directed to teacher educators and to policy makers who see teacher education as a critical element in maintaining a strong public education system in a democratic society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805858655
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/02/2009
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Michael W. Apple ix

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xx

1 The Adequacies and Inadequacies of Three Current Strategies to Recruit, Prepare, and Retain the Best Teachers for All Students 1

2 Educating Teachers for Social Justice Kenneth. M. Zeichner Ryan Flessner 24

3 Professional Development Schools in a Culture of Evidence and Accountability 44

4 Action Research as a Strategy for Preparing Teachers to Work for Greater Social Justice: A Case Study from the United States 54

5 Action Research: Personal Renewal and Social Reconstruction 68

6 Action Research in Teacher Education as a Force for Greater Social Justice 85

7 Beyond the Divide of Teacher Research and Academic Research 101

8 Connecting Genuine Teacher Development to the Struggle for Social Justice 119

9 Contradictions and Tensions in the Professionalization of Teaching and the Democratization of Schools 133

10 Reflections of a University-Based Teacher Educator on the Future of College-and University-Based Teacher Education 146

Notes 161

References 169

Index 200

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