Walking the walk and talking the talk: adequate teacher preparation in these uncertain times?

Sorin, Reesa, and Klein, Mary (2002) Walking the walk and talking the talk: adequate teacher preparation in these uncertain times? In: Proceedings of the International Education Research Conference 2002. From: International Education Research Conference 2002, 1-5 December 2002, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

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Changing educational agendas in the twenty-first century make new and urgent demands on teacher education programs. The emphasis on the construction of robust intellectual knowledges and inquiring habits of mind in schools necessitates the implementation of innovative, inquiry-based teaching/learning relationships that have not been experienced by many preservice teachers nor teacher educators. The question arises as to the role that teacher education might play in preparing teachers for these new-ways-of-being an educator, of working with students in collaborative engagements where learners are authorised and encouraged to construct their own understandings in personally relevant and powerful ways.

This paper examines our attempts at promoting and sustaining an inquiry based culture in a teacher education program at a regional university. We believe that the ability and inclination to inquire is not only cognitive but constituted or produced in teaching/learning activities that actively foster participation and thinking "outside the square". To this end, we attempt to position ourselves and the students as co-learners; we reflect on and analyse case studies of instructional practice, engage in role plays and participate in student-initiated support networks. This paper reflects on the possibilities and limitations of our practices in an era of uncertainty

Item ID: 51216
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISSN: 1324-9320
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2017 23:09
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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