Explorations of Educational Purpose

Critical Voices in Teacher Education

Teaching for Social Justice in Conservative Times

Editors: Down, Barry, Smyth, John (Eds.)

  • Endeavors to reclaim teacher education programs as sites for social transformation in conservative times
  • Provides an alternative vision of democratic teacher education
  • Provides through the authors experiences an understanding of teaching for social justice
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We live in dangerous times when educational policies and practices are debated largely in terms of how they fit with the needs of the free market. This volume is a collection of writing by teacher-educators that draws on their unique biographies, experiences and perspectives to denounce these misguided norms. It explores what it means—practically and intellectually—to teach for social justice in conservative times. In a globalised world where the power of capital holds sway, the purposes of social institutions such as universities and schools is being refashioned in ways that are markedly instrumental and technicist in nature. The consequence is that teachers’ work is increasingly constrained by regimes of control such as standardised testing, accountability, transparency, and national curricula. In the meantime, large numbers of students and teachers are disengaging physically, emotionally and intellectually from learning.

The contributors to this edited volume present both a powerful critique of these developments and a counter-hegemonic vision of teacher education founded on the principles and values of social justice, democracy and critical inquiry. Teacher education, they argue, involves a commitment to critical intellectual work that subjects some deeply entrenched assumptions, beliefs, habits, routines and practices to closer scrutiny. The contributing authors expose how ideology and power operate in seemingly blameless, rational ways to perpetuate social hierarchies based on class, gender, sexuality, race and culture.

Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Introduction: From Critique to New Scripts and Possibilities in Teacher Education

    Down, Barry (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • Problematising Teachers’ Work in Dangerous Times

    Smyth, John

    Pages 13-25

  • Rediscovering Discourses of Social Justice: Making Hope Practical

    McInerney, Peter

    Pages 27-43

  • Preparing Teachers as Informed Professionals: Working with a Critical Ethnographic Disposition and a Socially Democratic Imaginary

    Angus, Lawrence

    Pages 45-61

  • Reconceptualising Teacher Standards: Authentic, Critical and Creative

    Down, Barry

    Pages 63-80

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Critical Voices in Teacher Education
Book Subtitle
Teaching for Social Justice in Conservative Times
Editors
  • Barry Down
  • John Smyth
Series Title
Explorations of Educational Purpose
Series Volume
22
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-3974-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-3974-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-3973-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9748-2
Series ISSN
1875-4449
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 308
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