JTE Editorial Highlights: Sept.-Oct. 2016
Have you seen the JTE Insider blog managed by the Journal of Teacher Education (JTE) editorial team? Check out the entry below providing an overview of the September-October content – and watch your mailbox for the November-December issue, too!
In the editorial of the September/October 2016 issue of the Journal of Teacher Education, Coeditors Maria Teresa Tatto, Gail Richmond, and Dorinda Carter Andrews explore the role of research in teacher education.
“Globally and from a cultural and historical standpoint, teacher education has often involved the resolution of contradictions created by questioning, implementing, and reflecting on the system. The most prominent of these are what the goals and purposes of teacher education should be, who should teach and what should teachers know and be able to do, where and how should teachers be prepared, and how quality can be secured, evaluated, and reported.”
They go on to unpack these issues/contradictions and describe the significance of the papers in the September/October JTE issue to this current problem. JTE Insider has featured interviews with many of these authors on our blog:
- Carmen Mills and Julie Ballantyne: “Social Justice and Teacher Education: A Systematic Review of Empirical Work in the Field”
- Alastair Henry: “Conceptualizing Teacher Identity as a Complex Dynamic System: The Inner Dynamics of Transformations During a Practicum”
- Meghan E. Barnes and Peter Smagorinsky: “What English/Language Arts Teacher Candidates Learn During Coursework and Practica: A Study of Three Teacher Education Programs”
- Ken Zeichner, Michael Bowman, Lorena Guillen, and Kate Napolitan: “Engaging and Working in Solidarity With Local Communities in Preparing the Teachers of Their Children”
The editors note many areas that need more “rigorous, relevant, innovative, and current” research; for example, “moving the field beyond unhelpful dichotomies and overly simplistic ideas and shin[ing] light on the highly complex intellectual and situated activity that is teaching and learning to teach,” in addition to “provid[ing] innovative answers to the challenging questions of who should teach, and where and how should teachers learn to teach.”
To read more about how the authors frame the above questions and describe the connections to the papers in the current issue, please refer to the September/October editorial.