Changing Times in Teacher Education: Restructuring Or Reconceptualization

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Marvin Wideen, Peter Philip Grimmett
Psychology Press, 1995 - Education - 236 pages
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Pressures for reform in teacher education have begun to take on the same sense of urgency as school reform. Those faculties of education who have been strong advocates for change in the schools now find themselves the subject of similar pressures from governmental policy makers. Attempts at change have taken place in many different countries and jurisdictions around the world.; This book details, through a series of international vignettes, how teachers are responding to the changing times and social contexts in which they do their work. The authors hold the view that changes are inevitable in teacher education but what is not clear is who will control the changes and whether the end result will actually improve the preparation of teachers. The theme of the book is that the reform of teacher education should be informed by intelligent debate and that any attempt to restructure teacher preparation should result from a careful reconceptualisation of it purposes and processes.
 

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Contents

Part One Opportunities and Troubling Times
17
Readjustments Reorganization or Revolution?
34
Teacher Education
47
images of a New Situation
67
The Case of Portugal
79
A Case Study of British
89
Part Two Policy Directions for Change
103
Reconsidering the Structure of Teacher
117
The Wedge of Progressive Practice
133
Reflective Practice and a Reconceptualization of Teacher
151
Practising What we Teach
163
The Faculty
174
A Merging of Agendas
189
Conclusion
199
Notes on Contributors
226
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