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Democracy and Teacher Education

Dilemmas, Challenges and Possibilities, 1st Edition

By Silvia Edling, Geraldine Mooney Simmie


232 pages

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This book connects the dilemmas educators experience in daily practice with key theories, research and policy about democracy, ethics, and equity in education. Illustrated through vignettes from practicing teachers, as well as suggested questions and supplementary readings for each chapter, the authors recognise and explore the complex nature of the insoluble problems that face practicing teachers in their everyday lives and how they can be understood in order to address them in a more elaborate manner.

Divided into eight concise chapters, this book provides a much-needed comprehensive exploration of issues within the education discourse, as seen from a global perspective, such as:

  • Teachers’ understanding of their profession
  • Political demands and the complexities of practice
  • Schools’ democratic values
  • Performance and accountability
  • Minority needs and majority rule
  • Countering radicalisation, terrorism, and misinformation

Democracy and Teacher Education is a fantastic resource for students in teacher education programmes, as well as teacher educators, who are looking to develop a critical understanding of the choices made within the education field in a more thoughtful and sensitive manner.

Supplementary readings are available as an eResource at

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Democracy and Teacher Education: Dilemmas, Challenges and Possibilities: an Introduction

Chapter 2: Historical Background

Chapter 3: The Policy Cycle

Chapter 4: Teacher Professionalism and Democracy

Chapter 5: Knowledge and Democracy

Chapter 6: Darwinian Strength

Chapter 7: Teacher Reflexivity

Chapter 8: Teachers’ Democratic Assignment


About the Authors

Silvia Edling is a Professor at the Academy of Education and Business Studies at University of Gävle and specializes in questions concerning democracy, teacher professionalism, ethics, justice and rights in education and higher education.

Geraldine Mooney Simmie is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the School of Education, Faculty of Education and Health Sciences, University of Limerick, Ireland, where she lectures in Policy Studies. Her research interest is in emancipatory teaching and research and how education intersects with democracy.

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