Understanding Teacher Education in Contentious Times: Political Cross-Currents and Conflicting Interests, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Understanding Teacher Education in Contentious Times

Political Cross-Currents and Conflicting Interests, 1st Edition

By Catherine Cornbleth


122 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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Understanding Teacher Education in Contentious Times examines how public, professional, and private orcorporate agencies operate to shape teacher education and possibilities for its improvement. Teacher education programs,  particularly those leading to state certification or licensure, are influenced not only by state regulations but also by required review and accreditation by an outside agency such as the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, and are subject to various contextual pressures such as the cultures of the institutions that host them and their surrounding communities, their potential student and employer markets, strong individuals, professional organizations, history or tradition, and, increasingly, external, usually privately-funded, special interest corporations such as the National Council on Teacher Quality.  Unique among books on teacher education, this volume interweaves—in historical context including emerging trends—the complex contexts in which practice and reform efforts take place and are supported or impeded.  

Table of Contents




Chapter 1: If We’re Serious about Understanding Teacher Education and Its Reform

Chapter 2: Constraints: State Regulations

Chapter 3: Constraints and Possibilities: Professional Accreditation

Chapter 4: Constraints: Private/Corporate Interests

Chapter 5: Discourses as Constraints and Possibilities Affecting Policy and Practice

Chapter 6: Grounds for Hope?


About the Author

Catherine Cornbleth is Professor Emerita, Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDUCATION / Organizations & Institutions