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Transforming Teacher Education for Social Justice

Eva Zygmunt Patricia Clark Jon Clausen Wilfridah Mucherah Susan Tancock Peter Murrell

160 pages
Teachers College Press
Transforming Teacher Education for Social Justice offers teacher educators a new way to think about the development of culturally responsive educators. The authors identify the core components needed to restructure and reorient programs of teacher education to adequately prepare new teachers for the racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse communities they will serve upon graduation. They propose a new model of teacher preparation that capitalizes on the strengths of programs evidencing important outcomes. Chapters address the notion of situated learning embedded in communities; the need for extensive clinical experience in authentic teaching situations; strategies for interweaving theory, content, pedagogy, and classroom practice; the importance of student engagement and motivation; and the implementation of critical service learning. Key policy implications of this model are also discussed within the current landscape of teacher education reform. Book Features: A specific approach for realizing the promise of culturally responsive teaching. A flexible model for a community-engaged teacher preparation that is accessible to a variety of university and community settings. Compelling data on student learning outcomes based on university/school/community collaboration as evidence of eliminating the achievement gap.
Author Bio
Eva Zygmunt is an associate professor and Patricia Clark is a professor in the Department of Elementary Education at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.