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Youth Learning on Their Own Terms

reviewed by Lawrence Baines - February 14, 2008

coverTitle: Youth Learning on Their Own Terms
Author(s): Leif Gustavson
Publisher: Routledge, New York
ISBN: 0415954444, Pages: 208, Year: 2007
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The movement to standardize teacher education is gaining momentum. At a recent conference a dean of a college of education at a major research university advocated for a uniform national program in which all teachers would be taught explicitly and purposefully how and what to teach (Ball, 2008). The dean assailed the notion of teaching as an art and suggested that teachers only be allowed to enter the profession after being able to exhibit predetermined sets of skills and dispositions. Apparently, the dean already knows what a teacher should do to send student achievement through the roof and wants to compel every teacher in the nation to act on the epiphany. The plan laid out during her speech was that of a brave, new generation of teachers, possessing certifiable skills and dispositions, whose effectiveness would be rated against a checklist of approved behaviors.   This futuristic vision of flawless Robo-teachers interacting... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 14, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15000, Date Accessed: 6/15/2021 11:48:03 AM

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