Engaging in Conversation about Ideas in Teacher Education

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Peter Lang, 2009 - Education - 157 pages
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This collection of essays lays bare cutting-edge ideas - and the ensuing dilemmas - in teacher education. Through the agency of conversation leading educational thinkers grapple with one another as they debate ideas within particular strands of teacher education knowledge, and pose provocative questions to the reader. This innovative design compels the reader to engage in and further the dialogue, and in doing so to contribute, situate, and examine his or her own position.
 

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Contents

PERSPECTIVES ON GOVERNANCE
5
Peter P Grimmett
20
Response
33
The Teacher Education Landscape of My Imagining
39
Response
48
Response
60
Questions for the Reader
62
Response
72
Response
79
Response
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Response
101
A New Thing in an Old World? Instrumentalism Teacher Education
105
Response
115
Response
128
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The Editors: Fiona J Benson and Caroline Riches work in teacher education at McGill University. Dr. Riches's background is in second language education; her current scholarly interests are in sociolinguistics, international education, online learning, and multiliteracies. Dr. Benson is currently researching in the areas of queer theory and social justice education. As directors of the teacher education programs, they work to strengthen the theory-to-practice connection with the goals of improved program coherence, better prepared teachers, and excellence in teacher education.

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