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ERIC Number: EJ777047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1359-866X
A Sound Research Base for Beginning Teacher Education: Robust Hope, Action Policy Analysis and "Top of the Class"
Singh, Michael
Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, v35 n4 p333-349 Nov 2007
This paper focuses on the recommendations of "Top of the class," the February 2007 report of an inquiry into teacher education conducted by the Australian House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Vocational Training. To do this action policy analysis, it presents Raymond Williams' dictum of "making hope practical" through five interdependent strategies. Then it scrutinises and uses them by exploring the relationship between this report's recommendations and, the deepening and extension of the basis for sound educational research. "Critical self-reflection" focuses on rigorously re-examining what is taken as good educational research. "Framing" entails identifying the good sense in policies, challenging teacher education stakeholders to collectively advance life-enhancing agendas. "Engaging" in research with the real world of winners and losers in education is a third strategy. "Assessing" the desirability and dangers in current teacher education policies and programs is integral to making decisions about the field's future. "Communicating" the spirit of teacher education publicly is necessary for constructing the grounds for forward movements. It is argued that these strategies may provide support for new directions in researching productive innovations and policy actions in beginning teacher education. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia