Practice makes practice: a critical study of learning to teach

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State University of New York Press, 2003 - Education - 289 pages
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While the research on teacher education continues to proliferate, Practice Makes Practice remains the discipline's indispensable classic text. Drawing upon critical ethnography, this new edition of this best-selling book asks the question, what does learning to teach do and mean to newcomers and to those who surround them? Deborah P. Britzman writes poignantly of the struggle for significance and the contradictory realities of secondary teaching. She offers a theory of difficulty in learning and explores why the blaming of individuals is so prevalent in education.The completely revised introduction presents a refined and further developed theoretical framework and analysis that Britzman provided in the original edition, discussing why we might return to a study of teaching and learning. Also included in this updated edition, is an insightful "hidden chapter" that comments on the methodology of the study and some of the dilemmas the author continues to face as her own thinking develops around the issues of representing teaching and learning for those just entering the profession.

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This is the best book I've ever read about teacher education. Brave, strong, compelling. Read full review


Introduction to the Revised Edition
Contradictory Realities in Learning to Teach
The Structure of Experience and the Experience of Structure
The Jamie Owl Stories
The Jack August Stories
The Given and the Possible in Teacher Education

About the author (2003)

Britzman is Associate Professor of Education, Social and Political Thought, and Women's Studies at York University.