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ERIC Number: EJ819706
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-1547-688X
Teacher Education and the Need for Public Intellectuals
Cochran-Smith, Marilyn
New Educator, v2 n3 p181-206 Sep 2006
In this article, Cochran-Smith argues that now more than ever, teacher education needs public intellectuals to challenge prevailing views and expose its governing myths. The author makes this argument by describing two issues that are in great need of public critique: (1) the myth that teacher education is a public policy problem that can be resolved through rationality and science, and (2) the myth that teaching and teacher education for social justice is a feel-good approach to schooling that focuses primarily on being nice to children. The article describes each of these issues in some detail, analyzing the underlying assumptions and problems to illustrate the need for people to speak out about teacher education. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Higher Education Act Amendments 1998