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ERIC Number: EJ1030952
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-0268-0939
Rhetoric and Practice in Pre-Service Teacher Education: The Case of Teach for America
Schneider, Jack
Journal of Education Policy, v29 n4 p425-442 2014
Teach For America (TFA), an organization that places college graduates in urban and rural classrooms for two-year terms of service, is lauded by reformers who see its five-week summer training institute as evidence that teachers have little to learn before entering classrooms. Yet, while boosters see TFA as a radical alternative to traditional teacher education, a look at the evolution of their increasingly robust summer training model hardly affirms that perception. In fact, much of what is done in the summer institute parallels the work of traditional teacher education programs in the USA--a surprising state of affairs given the rhetoric of so many TFA supporters. This project traces the evolution of TFA's summer training institute across two decades, highlighting the growing divide between TFA's outward-facing image and its actual work. Framing TFA's summer institute as a case study for examining the relationship between rhetoric and practice in education, the article raises broader questions about how the policy-making context affects the construction and perception of reality.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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