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Self-Study and Inquiry into Practice: Learning to Teach for Equity and Social Justice in the el...

ISBN: 9780415600699 | 0415600693
Edition: 1st
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Routledge
Pub. Date: 4/18/2012

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One of the most important factors in making sure that all children achieve well is widely regarded to be a well-prepared teacher and this is particularly the case for those who teach in urban settings. There are new pressures and familiar pressures on teachers and teacher educators to prepare teachers who will be able to teach in a changing world, and who will be able to change the world. The question of how to prepare well-qualified teachers has become an international question with global responses and consequences. This book describes a stance and pedagogy for helping young teachers to be successful in the most challenging of circumstances. Self-Study and Inquiry into Practice: Learning to teach for equity and social justice is about learning to use inquiry to teach in urban settings. The use of inquiry and self-study as ways of thinking about, understanding and developing one#xE2;#xAC;"s practice and one#xE2;#xAC;"s teaching can support teachers#xE2;#xAC;" continued inspiration and resilience to teach all children well in the face of very challenging circumstances. Using rich examples and case studies of how pre-service teachers and beginning teachers have used inquiry to learn from challenging urban placements, Linda Kroll shows the importance of using inquiry and self-study in learning to teach and in continuing to learn as one teaches. Inquiry and self-study is a useful way to understand what students understand, what they learn from our teaching, and the power and responsibility we have to ensure that all our students achieve their highest potential. Chapters show how self-study and inquiry into practice can help new teachers to: avoid the #xE2;#xAC;#xDC;wash out effect#xE2;#xAC;" of teaching in challenging circumstances learn to ask questions and to pose questions to themselves learn to think about difficult theory in a way that will be useful to them in the moment make an inquiry stance a "habit of mind" be empowered as experts in investigating and improving their own practice. Being a successful teacher in urban schools takes a special kind of person; one who has been thoroughly prepared and one who pays close attention to the learners she or he is teaching. This book will be useful for both practicing teachers and teacher educators as they work together to craft excellent teacher education and teaching for all students, adult and child. It provides theoretical and practical ideas about how inquiry and self-study can promote lifelong learning and resilience in the practice of one of the most challenging, but rewarding professions.


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