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Cochran-Smith, Marilyn; Grudnoff, Lexie; Orland-Barak, Lily; Smith, Kari – New Educator, 2020
The people who prepare teachers -- teacher educators -- are often explicitly or implicitly held accountable for teacher quality and are frequently blamed when school students do not meet national or international expectations. Despite high expectations, historically there has been little attention to the education of teacher educators or to local…
Descriptors: Teacher Educator Education, Comparative Education, Teacher Educators, Educational Policy
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Enterline, Sarah; Cochran-Smith, Marilyn; Ludlow, Larry H.; Mitescu, Emilie – New Educator, 2008
This article speaks to two current trends in teacher education--the press to assess teacher education in terms of measurable outcomes, on one hand, and the growing emphasis on social justice as a theme of teacher education, on the other. The article begins with a discussion of the concept of teacher education for social justice. Then, using Rasch…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Preservice Teacher Education, Graduates, Measures (Individuals)
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Cochran-Smith, Marilyn – New Educator, 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…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Teacher Education, Mythology, Teacher Attitudes