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Teaching Core Practices in Teacher Education

Editor: Pam Grossman
Date: May 29, 2018
Language: English
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In Teaching Core Practices in Teacher Education, Pam Grossman and colleagues advocate an approach to practice-based teacher education that identifies “core practices” of teaching and supports novice teachers in learning how to enact them competently. Examples of core practices include facilitating whole-class discussion, eliciting student thinking, and maintaining classroom norms. The contributors argue that teacher education needs to do more to help teachers master these professional skills, rather than simply emphasizing content knowledge. They  outlines a series of pedagogies that teacher educators can use to help preservice students develop these teaching skills. Pedagogies include representations of practice (ways to show what this skill looks like and break it down into its component parts) and approximations of practice (the ways preservice teachers can try these skills out as they learn). Vignettes throughout the book illustrate how core practices can be incorporated into the teacher education curriculum. Drawing on the work of a consortium of teacher educators from 13 universities devoted to describing and enacting pedagogies to help novice teachers develop these core practices in support of ambitious and equitable instruction, the authors aim to support teacher educator learning across institutions, content domains, and grade levels. The book also addresses efforts to support teacher learning outside formal teacher education programs.

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Publisher: Harvard Education Press
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