Journal of Teacher Education

Journal of Teacher Education is a publication that publishes articles focusing on the practice, research and policy of teacher education. The journal is published five times a year by Corwin Press, Inc. and is edited by Daniel P. Liston, Jennifer Whitcomb and Hilda Borko.

Articles from Vol. 57, No. 3, May-June

A Candid Talk to Teacher Educators about Effectively Preparing Teachers Who Can Teach Everyone's Children
Teacher education is taking center stage in the national discussion of student achievement. Because we in the profession have not been proactive in defining teacher effectiveness or forthcoming about data that indicate that the teachers we prepare...
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A Contract for Excellence in Scientific Education: May I Have Your Signature Please?
We have entered into a ... Jeffersonian compact to enlighten our children and the children of generations to come. --U.S. Department of Education (1991, p. 80) It is imperative that we encourage students to master the critical fields of math...
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A Conversation of Many Voices: Critiques and Visions of Teacher Education
It's on the horizon again, another looming "crisis" in teacher education. These predicaments don't seem to go away or get resolved. A state of perpetual professional calamity seems to threaten, characterize, and inform the teacher education endeavor....
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Addressing Linguistic Diversity from the Outset
Our job as educators is to ensure that each and every child who enters school receives opportunities to develop to the fullest extent of her or his abilities. Across the nation in urban, suburban, and rural settings, schools with a homogeneous English-speaking...
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Beginning Teachers and the Emotional Drama of the Classroom
Each year at graduation, I watch the student teachers in the Smith College teacher education program hustle across the stage, shake the president's hand, grasp hold of their diploma, and stride off, gown whipping in the breeze. They not only have graduated...
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Constructing 21st-Century Teacher Education
The previous articles have articulated a spectacular array of things that teachers should know and be able to do in their work. These include understanding many things about how people learn and how to teach effectively, including aspects of pedagogical...
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Finding a Canon and Core: Meditations on the Preparation of Teacher Educator-Researchers
We educators seem prone to speaking in the subjunctive imperative: Teachers should do this, teacher educators must do that, policy makers should do this, schools ought to do that. These assertions often reverberate with a moral urgency, the implication...
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Knowledge and Vision in Teaching
Let us begin by reminding ourselves of a few basic truths about teaching. One is that teaching is a multifaceted activity. By that I mean that teachers routinely do more than one thing at a time. I do not mean merely coordinating multiple things, such...
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Lessons from Teachers
When I teach worn-out new teachers every Thursday at 5:30 in the evening, it breaks my heart to see the stress outlined around their eyes and the corners of their mouths. They seem so tired. On some days, some of them have been crying. I have come...
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Moving beyond the "Get It or Don't" Conception of Formative Assessment
In this article I address the question of what a beginning teacher needs to know from the perspective of a teacher educator. Of the many things a beginning teacher needs to know, I focus on formative assessment because it has broad application for...
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Reflections of a University-Based Teacher Educator on the Future of College- and University-Based Teacher Education
A little more than 30 years ago, I began my career as a university teacher educator as a team leader in the National Teacher Corps supervising Teacher Corps interns in Syracuse, New York. At this time, competency-based/performance-based teacher education...
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Setting Up Camp at the Great Instructional Divide: Educating Beginning History Teachers
In 1840, at the end of his 4th year as the secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Education, Horace Mann used his annual report to examine "the qualifications essential to those who undertake the momentous task of training the children of the State"...
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The Hope and Practice of Teaching
I'm writing this on a beautiful morning in early June, just back from my third graduation ceremony of this long commencement season; I have two more to go: my niece's junior high school graduation and a neighbor's kindergarten commencement. I love...
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What Do Beginning Teachers Need to Know? an Essay
In The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America, Jonathan Kozol (2005) described two school systems that operate in America. In one system, materials and facilities are adequate, if not state of the start, and learning...
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Who Should Be Accountable for What Beginning Teachers Need to Know?
The question of what beginning teachers need to know often triggers a one-size-fits-all laundry list. But such a simplistic list does a disservice to K-12 students. In 1999, I was put in charge of revising the state's regulations for teacher licensing...
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