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Critical Voices in Teacher Education: Teaching for Social Justice in Conservative Times

Down, B. (Ed)ORCID: 0000-0003-4843-0563 and Smyth, J. (2012) Critical Voices in Teacher Education: Teaching for Social Justice in Conservative Times. Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands.

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We live in dangerous times when educational policies and practices are debated largely in terms of how they fit with the needs of the free market. This volume is a collection of writing by teacher-educators that draws on their unique biographies, experiences and perspectives to denounce these misguided norms. It explores what it means - practically and intellectually - to teach for social justice in conservative times. In a globalised world where the power of capital holds sway, the purposes of social institutions such as universities and schools is being refashioned in ways that are markedly instrumental and technicist in nature. The consequence is that teachers' work is increasingly constrained by regimes of control such as standardised testing, accountability, transparency, and national curricula. In the meantime, large numbers of students and teachers are disengaging physically, emotionally and intellectually from learning.

Item Type: Book
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: Springer
Copyright: 2012 Springer Science+Business Media
Notes: Explorations of Educational Purpose Vol. 22
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