Winner of the 2015 AERA Division K Award for Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education
Amid the chorus of demands for change in teacher education, Teacher Preparation as an Inspirational Practice focuses on an equally important but seldom discussed question: What should stay constant? This book provides a compelling answer—nurturing the capacities of prospective teachers to be responsive to their future students, while also being responsive to teacher candidates themselves.
This book draws from the literature base on teaching’s moral dimensions to establish a framework for responsiveness in teacher education, describes obstacles to its actualization, and suggests approaches for nurturing responsive capacities in teacher candidates. Teacher educators will find personal relevance and resonance in the familiar, daily language of practice used in this book.
Voices of teacher candidates, preservice teacher educators, and school administrators animate the conversation about responsiveness through reflections about personal experiences, aspirations, and challenges. Philosophy and practice are situated within the context of tensions between standardization and teachers’ commitments to remain true to the unique needs of students and teacher candidates.
Table of Contents
I. Finding Inspiration for Responsiveness
1. Responsiveness in Teaching
2. Nurturing Dispositions for Responsiveness 47
3. Déjà Vu: Beware of Buzzwords
II. Inspiring Preservice Teachers: Seeking Proof in the Practice
4. Lost in Translation: Can Novices Actually Do This?
5. Fostering Responsiveness through Written Reflection 133
6. In Their Own Words: "I Hope I Can"
III. Sustaining Responsiveness in Teacher Education
7. The Not-so-Visible Goodness of Teacher Education
8. In Their Own Words: "I Believe I Can"
Shelley C. Sherman is Associate Professor of Education, Lake Forest College, USA.
"Clearly delineated sections discuss the implications for teacher education, including specific strategies that can be used to build responsiveness in teacher candidates. This volume is inspiring and reminds educators that the human element is what makes all the difference. Summing Up: Recommended." - A.L. Hsu, State University of New York College at Old Westbury, in CHOICE, January 2014