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Bridging Theory and Practice in Teacher Education

reviewed by Barbara L. Seidl - March 20, 2008

coverTitle: Bridging Theory and Practice in Teacher Education
Author(s): Mordechai Gordon and Thomas V. O’Brien (Eds.)
Publisher: Sense Publishers, Rotterdam
ISBN: 9087900295, Pages: 160, Year: 2006
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Kurt Lewin is well known for contributions to a number of disciplines, including education, but perhaps one of his most often quoted phrases is the famous, “there is nothing so practical as a good theory” (1951, p. 169). Though most of us in teacher education endorse the value of this idea, efforts to convince prospective, new, or even experienced teachers of this maxim often elicit a range of reactions from raised eyebrows and drawn out sighs to undisguised signs of frustration and anger. In response to our attempts to teach theory, prospective teachers often express the belief that we are denying them the practical knowledge needed to teach, while more experienced teachers believe that those who work in universities have lost all touch with the realities of classroom life. University faculty may also experience a sense of frustration on the subject of theory and practice, believing that we “get it”... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 20, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15159, Date Accessed: 9/25/2021 9:42:12 AM

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  • Barbara Seidl
    The Ohio State University
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    BARBARA SEIDL is an Associate Professor in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. Her work focuses on the sociopolitical context of teaching and learning and on the preparation of teachers for a diverse world. She has worked for many years as a faculty member and administrator in the Early Childhood licensure program in the college. She is currently working on a book that explores the ways in which teacher education students grow as bicultural people and in their ability to envision culturally relevant practices for children as a result of their experience within a extended, equal-status, cross-cultural internship in an African American Baptist church setting.
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