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Amish Teacher Dialogues with Teacher Educators: Research, Culture, and Voices of Critique
This article discusses a collaborative project to examine literature and research on the Amish culture. Abstract: This dialogical project is framed within critical inquiry methods to bring an Amish teacher's voice to the forefront. Henry, an Amish middle school teacher, and two university teacher educators in northeastern Indiana collaboratively critiqued educational literature written about the Amish culture from the past 15 years. Building on critical ethnography and narrative methods, the authors used dialogue as a medium for inquiry. The intersubjective, collaborative project democratized the university researchers' research role and allowed an Amish voice to gain a place in the academic field of research.
A Critical Analysis of Philosophies of Education and INTASC Standards in Teacher Preparation
This article offers a critical analysis of philosophies of education and the Interstate New Teachers Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) standards in teacher preparation.
Critical Pedagogy: Translation for Education that is Multicultural
This article discusses multicultural education. The purpose of this study is to critically examine a graduate level multicultural education course to determine its effectiveness in preparing teachers as critical pedagogues. Specifically, the study examines the translation of multicultural learning activities in a college classroom into critical pedagogy in the public school classrooms.
Engaging Pre-Service Teachers in an Exploration of the Politics of Language
This article discusses engaging pre-service teachers in an exploration of the politics of language. Abstract: This study is concerned with an exploration of the politics of language with predominantly white pre-service teachers through a linguistic activity. It is a continuous, joint effort of three teacher educators working at two universities. Different pedagogical emphases and data collection methods are used at these two universities to investigate their impact on the pre-service teachers' awareness of the politics of language. It is shown that the pre-service teachers who are required to read critical literature and to reflect specifically on the linguistic activity through guiding questions become more aware of the political aspects of language than those who are not. Yet this critical awareness does not necessarily carry over into a change in their thinking about literacy education with language minority students. This study is hoped to serve as a prompt for more dialogue in this area.
Nurturing Life-Long Language Learners
This article discusses nurturing life-long language learners. Abstract: English Language Learners of all ages and levels face a challenge when they encounter academically rich texts. To understand more about what literacy practices work with these students and to explore effective supports to inform the authors' preservice teachers, University of North Texas at Dallas faculty read and discussed 'Academic Language for English Language Learners and Struggling Readers' (Freeman & Freeman, 2009). Three themes emerged from the authors' reflexive discussions: Nurturing is developing readers and writers, nurturing is giving access to powerful language, and nurturing is preparing effective teachers for a labor intensive profession. As English language arts and content area teachers, it is crucial that we continue to work diligently toward identifying and implementing practices for English Language Learners that are challenging for this ever-growing population of students.
Peer Coaching and Action Research as Professional Development
This paper discusses a project to improve professional development techniques that will improve how K-12 educators teach writing skills.
Provisions of Trustworthiness in Critical Narrative Research: Bridging Intersubjectivity and Fidelity
This article is a reflective-reflexive examination of provisions of trustworthiness in critical narrative research. The author presents her understanding of provisions of trustworthiness as a science and as an art, and blurs these boundaries as she acknowledges their tension in practice. She weaves between theory and her experience in two studies-first the study of the Texas-Spain Visiting Teachers Program and secondly the study of Amish culture and education-where the author felt a deep sense of responsibility that she maintain trustworthiness. This paper examines the provisions of trustworthiness as evidence of research accountability and shared responsibility and brings to the forefront an intersubjective understanding of fidelity that emerged through understanding participants' struggles, seeing researcher as a co-struggler for cultural-political identity, and recognizing the role of politics in the work of action research for democratic education. In short, the author presents an intersubjective understanding of fidelity issues within multiple identities.
Senior Projects in a Rural School
This article discusses senior projects in a rural school. Technology and a school-university partnership enabled high school faculty members to implement the Senior Project. The authors describe the process of change, the project requirements, and the learning that resulted for students and faculty.