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ERIC Number: EJ917428
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0890-6459
In Pursuit of Democratic Practices in Teacher Education
Milner, H. Richard, IV; Cleveland, Darrell
Teacher Education and Practice, v22 n4 p468-471 Fall 2009
As evident in the title of this article, the authors want to suggest that democracy in U.S. society and, consequently, teacher education is an ideal that has yet to be fully realized and actualized. The authors are defining democracy in teacher education as an ideal and a tool to critically engage students in difficult and controversial issues related to power relations, matters of identity, social justice, and social transformation (Carr, 2008). In this article, the authors outline three priorities that are critical for teacher educators to consider in their preparation of teachers to more fully realize and actualize democratic ideals: (1) Prepare teachers to teach for student learning, not solely for test scores; (2) Prepare teachers to understand, teach for, and practice equity; and (3) Prepare teachers to recognize the assets of students. The authors believe that, taken together, these priorities are essential features for teacher educators to consider in their preparation of teachers while in pursuit of more democratic practices in teacher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States