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This paper discusses the concept of democratic professionalism and argues that it offers a way to frame teacher education so that it can contribute to more productively managing long standing tensions between public schools, minoritized communities, and teacher preparation programs, and to more closely realizing the democratic potential of public education and teacher education. This decolonial approach to teacher education that actively attempts to benefit from the expertise in local minoritized communities seeks to “disrupt” existing power and knowledge hierarchies and create the basis for new alliances between teachers, teacher unions, teacher educators, and community-based social movements in marginalized communities that are seeking an active role in transforming their own communities. The result is a new hybrid structure for teacher education programs that models the emancipatory vision that is often articulated by programs but not practiced.
Updated: Oct. 28, 2020
The central focus of this multilayered educational action research project was three-fold: (1) to provide opportunities for public school student leadership activities grounded in participatory and youth participatory action research; (2) to support a group of teacher-researchers in practicing and innovating in participatory action research frameworks; (3) to practice linking an educational action research project in a local region to the larger movement for democratizing education knowledge production and dissemination. Project participants included 11 teacher-researchers, a staff-developer, a consultant, a university-based faculty member, and students in K-8 schools in the Lehigh Valley region of Eastern Pennsylvania USA. To move from a traditional top-down administrative and curricular decision- making model to a distributed and more democratic model of leadership, the team argues that (1) children must be permitted to play a leading role in their own learning, leading, and researching; (2) teacher offers significant advantages over traditional in-service based professional development models; and (3) in an era of increased deskilling and deprofessionalization, teachers must have the opportunity to reclaim their profession as they conduct research, create new knowledge, and share their findings publicly.
Updated: Dec. 03, 2019
This article analyses pre-service education student perceptions and perspectives related to education for democracy in Australia. The article begins by outlining the concepts of thick and thin democracy and why this is important in relation to contemporary debates about the state of civics and citizenship education, and then explains the conceptual framework of critical pedagogy and methodology. The datum analysed is discussed in relation to neoliberalism and indicates that the pre-service teachers in this study view democracy in a narrow or thin way that may impact on their classroom practice where they would be teaching about but not for democracy.
Updated: Sep. 04, 2017
This study aimed to investigate the level of knowledge of students’ First Amendment rights among secondary preservice teachers in various disciplines and their confidence in dealing with First Amendment issues in the classroom. The findings of this study provide evidence that when pre-service teachers have experience with a particular First Amendment issue, they have more confidence in their ability to deal with that issue in the classroom. For the majority of the preservice teachers in this study, when they had confidence in dealing with a particular issue, they were also an interventionist. However, preservice teachers who were less confident were more likely to seek advice from a fellow teacher or an administrator before taking any disciplinary action.
Updated: Feb. 28, 2017
The goal of this article is to show how social justice education (SJE) , can be coherently espoused in the Canadian education system without turning into “brainwashing.” Social justice education (SJE) is a ubiquitous component of contemporary education theory and practice. Recently, SJE has come under fire for being politically biased and even “brainwashing” children in the public education system. To defend SJE against its detractors, therefore, it is necessary to develop a philosophical argument situating SJE within a conception of democratic liberalism. This article provides such an argument by reviewing competing conceptions of liberalism, analyzing the political culture in Canada, and applying an interpretation of comprehensive liberalism to specific educational initiatives.
Updated: Oct. 26, 2014
This paper identifies media literacy education as an essential framework for housing a sophisticated repertoire of knowledge, skills, and dispositions for 21st-century teacher preparation. This article illustrates the ways in which media literacy catalyzes essential knowledge, skills and dispositions by (1) contextualizing technological proficiency, (2) promoting pedagogical excellence, and (3) enacting democratic ideals.
Updated: Jan. 14, 2013
This article outlines research on teaching controversial issues in initial teacher education in England and South Africa.This study suggested that obstacles to teaching controversial issues in schools and teacher education persist in schools in England and South Africa. The overall challenge for both societies that are the focus of this study is to ensure that all their teachers and teacher educators have the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence to handle controversial issues in their classrooms.
Updated: May. 22, 2012
In this article, the author argues that a socially just and effective citizenship education means including and understanding the historical and political contexts of Indigenous Americans. The author also maintains that schools and teachers have the responsibility for students' exposure to and understanding of the complexity of the United States', politically based past and present relationship with and responsibility to tribal nations and their citizens is exposed.
Updated: Jan. 25, 2012
This article describes the process that five graduate students interviewed 11 community members about their memories of racial desegregation in southern Illinois. The researchers used these stories to develop instructional materials and a supplementary website (Beyond a Story Well Told) for a middle school classroom. The article concludes that the researchers' use of oral histories about segregation in Carbondale gives students the unique opportunity to witness how a national event was and is relevant to their own community.
Updated: Jan. 23, 2012
This paper considers how the PICS decisions impact notions of educational equity and self-determination for African Americans. The author recommends that despite the PICS decision, school administrators and policy makers continue to consider how race impacts school assignment to ensure that public schools are democratic institutions that are racially and educationally equitable.
Updated: Oct. 24, 2011