1st Edition

Improving Teacher Education Practice Through Self-study

By John Loughran, Tom Russell Copyright 2002
    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    Self-study in teacher education is a growing field and a natural progression from the concept of reflective practice for pre-service teachers. This book is designed to introduce teacher educators to the theory and practice of self-study, in order to explore, understand and improve their teaching about teaching.
    With studies from an international range of contributors, this book illustrates a variety of approaches to self-study. It describes the issues that teacher educators have chosen to study, how they carried out their research and what the learning outcomes were. Throughout, the emphasis is on placing teacher educators' knowledge and practice at the centre of their academic work.
    This book will be of interest to all teacher educators wishing to improve their knowledge and practice.

    1. Can Self-study Improve Teacher Education? Section 1: Understanding Teaching in Teacher Education 2. Developing an Understanding of Learning to Teach in Teacher Education 3. A Balancing Act: Self-study in Valuing the Individual Student 4. Opposites Attract: What I Learned About Being a Classroom Teacher by Being a Teacher-educator 5. How Well Did We Structure and Model a Self-study Stance? Two Self-studies of Imposing Self-studies Using Teacher Portfolios Section 2: Studying Teacher Educators' Roles and Responsibilities 6. Guiding New Teachers' Learning From Classroom Experience: Self-study of the Faculty Liaison Role 7. Good Luck, Goodbye, Have a Nice Career: Questioning Our Responsibilities and Our Learning as Teacher Educators 8. Framing Professional Discourse with Teachers: Professional Working Theory 9. Can Self-study Challenge the Myth that Telling, and Guide-practice Constitute Adequate Teacher Education? Section 3: Fostering Social Justice in Teaching about Teaching 10. The In(Visibility) of Race in Narrative Constructions of the Self 11. 'Nothing Grand': Small Tales and Working for Social Justice 12. Change, Social Justice and Re-liability: Reflections of a Secret (Change) Agent Section 4: Exploring Myths in Teacher Education 13. A Collaborative Self-study on Teaching Myths 14. What Gets Mythed in the Student Evaluations of Their Teacher Education Professors? 15. Confronting the Myth(s) that Bind Us: Research as a Way of Knowing and Seeing 16. Understanding Self-study of Teacher Education Practices


    John Loughran is a teacher educator at Monash University, Australia.
    Tom Russell is Professor in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University, Canada. The authors have previously collaborated on Teaching about Teaching (RoutledgeFalmer, 1999).

    'Improving Teacher Education Practices Through Self-Study offers access to a range of powerful and evocative, yet challenging narratives that push the boundaries of teaching practice and simultaneously celebrate the scholarship of teaching ... It will serve as a key text for teacher educators committed to self-study and growth and to the dissemination of teaching scholarship.' - Escalate