The authors provide an overview of the special issue on reimaging research and practice at the crossroads of philosophy, teaching, and teacher education. They describe the purposes and the background of the research context out of which the issue arose, and they summarize the articles that comprise it.
The authors deploy both qualitative data and philosophical argumentation to examine how an exercise, called "Interruptions," can help educators engage in thinking-in-action and, in turn, care for their ethical selves as persons responsible for the education of children and youth.
The authors explore transformative teaching through addressing the cognitive capacities as well as the racialized body schemas of college students in predominantly white institutions. They feature a case study of a teacher education classroom in which questions about race became prominent and which students struggled to engage meaningfully.
The authors argue that teachers and teacher candidates should be prepared to nudge students towards a pluralistic opportunity structure, rather than relying upon what they characterize as a highly reductive approach to success wherein going to college ‘counts’ as the sole marker of a meaningful life.
The authors utilize the practice of philosophical meditation, as articulated in Pierre Hadot’s examination of philosophy as a way of life, to inquire into early childhood learning and teacher education, with particular attention to the discourses of improvement and accountability that have shaped current policies and reform efforts. The authors link this meditational focus with feminist and de-colonial theoretical perspectives to make visible the role of power in characterizations of children’s learning as related to norms of development, minoritized identities, and hierarchies of knowledge.
The author recounts aspects of the collaborative process that gave birth to this special issue as well as elements of teaching, teacher education, and philosophy that cut across the articles. The author focuses on the person, experience and reflection, and belief, purpose, mission, and alignment with practice. She attempts to bring these ideas to life through story.
The author responds to several themes that emerge across the articles in the special issue, considering them in light of contexts of schooling, teacher education, and the contemporary historical moment in the United States. The articles raise salient concerns about what the reform movements of the last twenty or so years have meant for scholars, practitioners, and students who are involved in schooling and teacher preparation.
This article describes how four teacher education programs took up a legislative initiative to better partner with local schools, families, and communities. It illustrates the impacts that these collaborations had on preservice teachers.
This article discusses landmark texts in teacher education and connects those texts to our current interest in emotion in the context of teacher education, while also providing an overview of the edited collection’s chapters.
In this article, we use racial melancholia as a framework to better understand the role that Whiteness plays in regulating White women’s emotionality. We apply our analysis to consider the implications of White women’s racialization process for education, then conclude by offering an intersubjective theory of racialized emotion in education, or a pedagogy of racial melancholia.
In this chapter, we use theoretical concepts from new materialisms to persuade readers to tend to the body, space, social-classed texts, and emotions in the design of teacher education experiences, with the aim of better understanding social class, classism, and class-sensitive pedagogies.
The author draws on aspects of her own biography to explore her commitment to issues of equity and justice within teacher education.
This chapter proposes a conceptual framework for unpacking the motivational factors that lead teachers to engage with social media for professional learning.
The purpose of this paper is twofold. First, we aim to problematize the construct of “teacher dispositions” through a critical synthesis of literature and a discussion of a rhizomatic perspective to generate a (re)conceptualization that is more closely aligned with the immensely complex nature of teaching and learning. Second, we draw on samples of university-generated teacher disposition assessment tools to provide concrete examples that “put to work” this rethinking of dispositions, and which demonstrates that the field may be showing signs of moving toward a more contextual understanding of the construct.
This article employs critical narrative analysis to consider ethical and moral dilemmas experienced by women of color who are required to complete educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) portfolios and receive passing scores in order to obtain early childhood teacher certification.
This article centers on a year-long study that followed 10 literacy teachers from their education preparation program into their classrooms, offering insights into the ways their beliefs toward linguistic diversity and equitable assessment were implemented in K–12 classrooms. By approaching this work through a lens of critical practice and linguistic and epistemic equity, this article demonstrates the need to explore the complex links between K–12 education settings and policies, and teacher preparation design and enactment.
This commentary takes up the question, "Does teacher education matter?" and points to the necessity of centering sociocultural considerations when doing teacher education, equitably and in a just way.
Mariana Souto-Manning's introduction to the June 2019 issue of TCR.
This article draws on a racial capitalism lens to frame teacher education as a new “frontier” for privatization, to problematize teacher educators’ participation alongside entrepreneurs in disruptive innovation, and to consider the implications of such partnerships for public education and for the professions of teaching and teacher education.
In this article, a university-based teacher educator of color and an early childhood teacher/teacher educator of color unveil the complex sociospatial dialectic of teacher education across settings. They share findings from a three-year collaborative study in which they worked to disrupt the traditional physical, pedagogical, and relational locations and boundaries of teacher education critically and collaboratively, intentionally working to interrupt how teacher education is implicated in the re-production and maintenance of racial injustices.
In this analytic essay, Horn and Kane critique what they call the Professional Language Project—efforts to professionalize teaching through the infusion of technical terms alone. Using sociolinguistics and practice theory, they draw on studies of teachers’ workplace talk to question the premises of this work.
In this article, the authors theorize a humanizing pedagogy for teacher education and propose core tenets that represent an individual and collective effort toward critical consciousness for preservice teachers and also for teacher educators. A humanizing pedagogy in teacher education is a way forward for developing asset-, equity-, and social justice-oriented teachers.
This conceptual article examines how race-based caucuses in one university-based teacher education program attempt to shift candidates’ understandings of their racialized selves as related to their teacher identities, invoking the significance of emotions, emotion labor, and criticality.
In this article, I develop the concept of principled improvisation: improvisation that is purposefully oriented toward justice and that accentuates each moment of teaching as political, ethical, and consequential. I describe the design of a learning environment for preservice teachers that was organized around principled improvisation and demonstrate its unique affordances for particular forms of novice teacher learning.
This article reports on an ethnographic study that explored the development of asset-oriented teacher educators through their three-year participation in situated adaptations of two critical pedagogical approaches: Freirean culture circles and Boalian theatre. The article argues that these approaches offer special promise for facilitating teacher educators’ learning about the contingent and critical work of asset-oriented teacher education, and, in doing so, provide fertile ground for transforming the field.
This study examines how teachers’ perceived legitimacy of teacher evaluation policies influences changes in their instruction and which school supports shape such perceptions.
This study investigates the affordances of two contrasting pathways into teaching secondary mathematics through examining the recruitment, placement, and early career trajectories of 158 Grades 6–12 mathematics teachers who entered teaching via two preparation programs focused on staffing high-need schools in the same region.
To investigate if and how teachers connect student performance data to their instruction, researchers observed teams of 3rd-5th grade teachers, to make meaning of student performance data.
This study explored how a yearlong professional development model guided by the Technology Integration Planning Cycle supported teachers’ technology integration efforts. Teachers’ progress as well as student performance are discussed.
This study problematizes the current idiosyncratic nature of clinical experiences provided for most pre-service teachers during the initial preparation period and its consequential impact on the learning of pre-service teachers and their future students in classrooms.