Developing Creative and Critical Educational Practitioners

By (author) Victoria Door Series edited by Ian Menter

Publication date:

20 October 2014

Length of book:

80 pages

Publisher

Critical Publishing

Dimensions:

234x156mm
6x9"

ISBN-13: 9781909682375

This book encourages teacher educators to promote flexible and sustainable practice in their students, enabling them to flourish within an ever-changing educational environment. Research from the UK and US strongly indicates that a coherent theory-practice approach to teacher preparation is key.  The book outlines what such a framework can look like, a rationale for it, and how it can work in practice for groups and individuals. It explores the notions of the reflexive teacher, creativity as a basis for practice, and criticality as a necessary underpinning for educators. The discussion draws on the research and experiences of teacher educators, student teachers and in-service teachers, from NQTs to Lead Practitioners and senior management. It proposes the foundational understanding for beginning teachers to join a community of practice based on scholarship, professionalism and ethical practice.

This book is part of the successful Critical Guides for Teacher Educators series edited by Ian Menter.

A very insightful and thought provoking read offering a wide range of strategies for teacher educators to consider. What is helpful and extremely useful about this book is the fact that it explores how teacher educators can develop critical practitioners for the future. It outlines what the key barriers and issues are regarding reflection and criticality, and offers a wide range of practical advice, key research and a detailed outline of considered approaches. It is insightful and thought provoking. It will certainly help any highly experience practitioner to continue to deepen their practice as a teacher educator too.

Lizana Oberholzer, NASBTT