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ERIC Number: EJ1069576
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0313-5373
Teacher Education and Critical Inquiry: The Use of Activity Theory in Exploring Alternative Understandings of Language and Literature
Doecke, Brenton; Kostogriz, Alex
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, v30 n1 Article 2 Feb 2005
This article explores the challenges of espousing a critical pedagogy within the managerial climate that presently shapes teacher education. Current discourses of professionalism are incommensurate with an understanding of the way that literacy practices are grounded in the social worlds in which both school and university students operate. Such discourses construct graduate teachers as the providers of decontextualised literacy skills to school students whose existing communication networks are ignored. We argue that an alternative understanding of professional practice can be developed by focusing on the textual resources university students use to mediate their learning, and by locating their emerging professional identities within the activity systems and meaning-making practices in which they participate.
Edith Cowan University. Bradford Street, Mount Lawley, West Australia 6050, Australia. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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