Becoming a Critical Educator: Defining a Classroom Indentity, Designing a Critical Pedagogy

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Peter Lang, 2004 - Education - 168 pages
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Many American educators are all too familiar with disengaged students, disenfranchised teachers, sanitized and irrelevant curricula, inadequate support for the neediest schools and students, and the tyranny of standardizing testing. This text invites teachers and would-be teachers unhappy with such conditions to consider becoming critical educators – professionals dedicated to creating schools that genuinely provide equal opportunity for all children. Assuming little or no background in critical theory, chapters address several essential questions to help readers develop the understanding and resolve necessary to become change agents. Why do critical theorists say that education is always political? How do traditional and critical agendas for schools differ? Which agenda benefits whose children? What classroom and policy changes does critical practice require? What risks must change agents accept? Resources point readers toward opportunities to deepen their understanding beyond the limits of these pages.
 

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Contents

Assumptions and Alternatives
3
PART II
65
Critical Alternatives for Schools and Teachers
115
Information and Allies for the Critical Educator
141
Bibliography
157
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The Author: Patricia H. Hinchey holds an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University, and is Associate Professor of Education at Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of numerous articles and editorial pieces, as well as Student Rights: A Reference Handbook and co-author of The Graduate Grind: A Critical Look at Graduate Education. Her popular introduction to critical theory, Finding Freedom in the Classroom (Peter Lang, 1998), earned the 1998 American Educational Studies Association Critic’s Choice Award.

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