ERIC Number: ED463281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
Inference Makes Teacher Candidates the Change Agents.
Lu, Lucia Y.
At the beginning of the twenty-first century, there is a dramatic change in society. Teachers and educators are confronting the challenges of more accountability to fulfill the increasing demands of multicultural education in urban areas. Wise (2000) and Freire (1993) declare that society requires the development of an especially flexible, critical spirit when it begins to transit from one epoch to another. Teacher educators are becoming the change agents of critical thinking. The concepts of inference (abduction, deduction, and induction) and change agentry "ABCD" (Adopters, Black box, Change agents, and Domain) can be implemented in teacher education. Furthermore, teacher candidates can be encouraged to employ intellectual freedom to innovate and utilize new strategies with their students in the classroom. Inference expands teacher candidates' potential for critical thinking in a society of transition. Change management skills in ABCD keep them on the right track as change agents. (Contains 17 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the International Society for Educational Planning (31st, Atlanta, GA, October 10-14, 2001) and of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (54th, New York, NY, February 23-26, 2002).