Self-Study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices

Collective Improvisation in a Teacher Education Community

Editors: Farr Darling, Linda, Erickson, Gaalen, Clarke, Anthony (Eds.)

  • Represents multiple viewpoints on what counts as reform in teacher education
  • Includes the voices of students (aspiring teachers) who are rarely asked to contribute to such projects
  • Features ongoing deliberations about the evolution of a project and chronicles both successes and failures, which makes it unique as a self-study text
  • One of the few books that looks at the self study of an entire teacher education program rather than one course or instructor
  • Introduces readers to the field of complexity theory as a theoretical lens for examining teacher education practices
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About this book

This is the story of a teacher education initiative. The project A Community of Inquiry in Teacher Education (CITE) has aimed to transform learning to teach from an experience based on the acquisition of skills to one centred on the cultivation of certain dispositions. CITE creates a program structure for integrating elements of university-based courses and school practicum experiences, with community based activities, and it utilizes a variety of instructional strategies and technology-based tools to create a series of ‘knowledge building communities’.

As small-scale reform initiatives go (36 aspiring teachers each year) CITE has had a long and vibrant life, despite some inevitable struggles. It is the longevity of CITE that prompted the authors to turn their inquiries about teaching and learning to the challenges of sustaining their own project. The result is a collection that chronicles some of their own experiments, deliberations, and the lessons learned through their many experiences. It is more accurate to say that Collective Improvisation is many stories, not just one. That is because this book represents the perspectives of university- based instructors, school partners, former students, and graduate student researchers, each of whom contribute a different and valued voice to the whole composition.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Stepping Lightly, Thinking Boldly, Learning Constantly: Community and Inquiry in Teacher Education

    Darling, Linda Farr (et al.)

    Pages 1-6

  • Looking Back on the Construction of a Community of Inquiry

    Darling, Linda Farr

    Pages 9-24

  • Learning in Synchrony

    Essex, Pamela

    Pages 25-38

  • Seeing the Complexity of the Practicum

    Collins, Steve

    Pages 39-49

  • Enjoying Their Own Margins: Narratives of Innovation and Inquiry in Teacher Education

    Phelan, Anne M.

    Pages 51-63

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eBook $44.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
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  • ISBN 978-1-4020-9105-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Collective Improvisation in a Teacher Education Community
Editors
  • Linda Farr Darling
  • Gaalen Erickson
  • Anthony Clarke
Series Title
Self-Study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-5668-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-5668-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-5667-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-9105-6
Series ISSN
1875-3620
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 254
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