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Inside Teaching: How Classroom Life Undermines Reform

reviewed by Joan Y. Pedro - April 26, 2007

coverTitle: Inside Teaching: How Classroom Life Undermines Reform
Author(s): Mary M. Kennedy
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0674022459 , Pages: 288, Year: 2006
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Mary Kennedy has produced a very interesting and thought-provoking book which captures the heart of teaching and the many drawbacks that teachers encounter in the classroom. The main aim of this book is to portray the way teaching “really” looks and to learn why reform efforts are not generally successful. Kennedy puts forth the notion that teachers are aware of reform efforts but that they are so burdened with the everyday orchestration of teaching and learning that reform is not always at the forefront of their thinking or practice. Kennedy carefully and in a very powerful way has produced research on teaching that is valuable in this age of reform, and which represents the constant struggle faced by educators as they seek to balance high-quality instructional practices with external calls for accountability that often come from corporate and public leaders (Begley & Stefkovich, 2004). The title of the text led... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 26, 2007
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14397, Date Accessed: 6/6/2020 4:47:49 AM

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  • Joan Pedro
    University of Hartford
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    JOAN Y. PEDRO is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Teacher Education at the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, University of Hartford. She comes from Trinidad and Tobago and has been at the University of Hartford for the past 6 years. Professor Pedro's research is centered on teacher development, revolving around the themes of reflective practice, multicultural education, literacy practices, and creating respectful classrooms to bring about effective teaching and learning. She has published works in educational journals and has represented the University at National and International Education Conferences.
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