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Flights from the field and the plight of teacher education: a personal perspective

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This self-study of my role in teacher education examines events in my career, using Schwab's deliberations on 'the practical' as an interpretive tool with which to broaden, burrow, and re-story my personal experiences. Through reflecting inward and outward, backward and forward, I connect specific episodes I encountered in my career with Schwab's explication of 'the practical'. In the final analysis, my self-study reveals the seeds of a small renaissance: a change not only in the way teacher education is approached in my university, but also in how I think about it and participate in it.

Keywords: career development; curriculum theory; narrative inquiry; self-study; teacher education; the practical

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA

Publication date: October 1, 2009

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