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Stephen Downes

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"Teacher education is too important to be left to policymakers influenced by a few select individuals," write the authors. "It requires the consensus of multiple voices and actors: teachers, mentors, school leaders, teacher educators and researchers." Accordingly they offer a framwork of five elements that ought to inform teacher education (quoted/paraphrased):

  • new teachers should be inducted into a conversation about the purpose of education;
  • a sound understanding of how professionals learn and what professional practice looks like;
  • intellectual basis for teacher education as complex, intellectual work;
  • a signature pedagogy that prepares teachers 'to think, perform and act with integrity'; and
  • content frameworks that support the development of teachers' understanding.

Clearly, the focus here is on 'teachers as professionals' - but I'm not sure the problem is that teachers don't see themselves as professional enough. Image: Utah.

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