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ERIC Number: EJ819903
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1547-688X
Educating the New Educator: Teacher Education and the Future of Democracy
Darling-Hammond, Linda
New Educator, v1 n1 p1-18 Feb 2005
Today, in the United States of America, preparing accomplished teachers who are committed to equity may be among the most important keys to the survival of their democratic way of life. In a society in which the ability to learn is increasingly essential to individual and societal success, the ability to teach powerfully--that is, to teach in ways that "all" children can learn--is what will determine whether students from every community will have a genuine right to learn that enables them to participate in a knowledge-based society. This author believes that the problem of the next century will be "the advancement of teaching," and its resolution will depend on the ability to develop knowledge for a very different kind of teaching than what has been the norm for most of this century. She contends that if all students are to actually learn in the way that new standards suggest and today's complex society demands, then there is a need to develop teaching that goes far beyond dispensing information, giving a test, and giving a grade. Understanding how to teach in ways that respond to students' diverse approaches to learning, that take advantage of students' unique starting points, and that carefully scaffold work aimed at more proficient performances is needed. Understanding what schools must do to organize themselves to support such teaching and learning is also needed.
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Language: English
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