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Teacher Education in America: Reform Agendas for the Twenty-First Century


reviewed by Timothy J. McMannon — 1998

coverTitle: Teacher Education in America: Reform Agendas for the Twenty-First Century
Author(s): Christopher J. Lucas
Publisher: St. Martin's Press, New York
ISBN: , Pages: 352, Year: 1999
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Whenever American schools appear to be failing to perform their duties of educating and enculturating the young, critics almost invariably point to teachers and their preparation as the source of the failure. Bad teaching makes bad schools, goes the argument, and improper or insufficient pre-service teacher training makes for bad teaching. To improve schools, improve teacher education. Such was the logic behind the creation of the first normal schools in the late 1830s, and such is the logic behind many current reform proposals. The problem, as Christopher Lucas reminds us in Teacher Education in America: Reform Agendas for the Twenty-First Century, is that reformers rarely agree on just what it means to improve teacher education, There are perhaps as many different reform proposals as there are reformers and, as Lucas notes, “in the absence of any single controlling paradigm or some uniform model commanding universal assent, anyone is free to recommend... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 100 Number 1, 1998, p. 195-196
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10307, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 8:58:37 AM

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