becoming a teacher in an age of reform

Educating aspiring teachers for the workforce is a crucial consideration for states and nations.  But in an age of consumer choice, decentralization, and deregulation in education, as in other areas, policymakers sometimes demonstrate surprisingly little awareness of the impacts of such popular reforms on those doing the actual teaching, and especially on their preparation for the profession.  This raises a number of questions: To what extent has the push for privatization and marketization of education shaped how we recruit and train the next generation of teachers?  What are they taught and why?  How do such policies impact the dispositions of colleges of education and alternative teacher certification organizations?  The growing tide of educational reforms that seek to inject competition into education schools’ “monopoly” on teacher training find ideological roots in Friedmanism and the push for deregulation in the 1980s.  Readers of this text will develop a more robust understanding of the nature of teacher preparation – broadly conceived – as well as an in-depth understanding of how these policies, practices, and ideology have taken root in colleges of education and alternative certification programs domestically and internationally.  Becoming a Teacher in an Age of Reform: Global Lessons for Teacher Preparation and the Teaching Profession is Co-Edited by T. Jameson Brewer and Christopher A. Lubienski.
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