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Practice Makes Practice
A Critical Study of Learning to Teach
Practice Makes Practice
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Deborah P. Britzman - Author
SUNY Series, Teacher Empowerment and School Reform
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Hardcover - 304 pages
Release Date: January 1991
ISBN10: 0-7914-0568-0
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-0568-0

Out of Print
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Paperback - 304 pages
Release Date: January 1991
ISBN10: 0-7914-0569-9
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-0569-7

Out of Print

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Centering on the lived experiences of student teachers, this book sends out rays of surprising light towards the enterprise of teacher education today. Doing so, it transfigures what is often conceived of as a nesting of commonplaces.

"This book will make the life of the educator harder and more tonic; it will urge the reader to confront the contradictory and the tension. But it will also disclose the unexpected. Education will be viewed as if, after all, it can be otherwise. " -- From the Foreword by Maxine Greene

Practice Makes Practice explores the contradictory realities of secondary teaching and how these realities are interpreted and acted upon by its central actors: student teachers, teachers, school administrators, and university educators. Drawing on the traditions of critical theory, Practice Makes Practice is distinguished by its ethnographic account of teaching as a struggle for voice and identity amidst a cacophony of past practices, lived experiences, cultural myths, and normative discourses. The struggles of particular student teachers and their profes sional network are richly portrayed in case studies that trace how individual participants come to make sense of learning to teach, the problems of pedagogy, and structural constraints. For those learning to teach, this text can provide insight into their own struggles. Experienced teachers may gain insight into their own socializat ion. And researchers and teacher educators may reconsider the structure of their work and how the process of socialization can be studied and interpreted.

"Britzman offers a powerful view into teacher education, particularly from the point of view of student teachers. She situates the student teachers'voices within a critical examination of the social, historical, and cultural milieux of teacher education. Her work on cultural myths as they shape student teachers' knowledge of teaching practice and the situations in which they learn to practice is an exciting contribution, and her work on voice as it emerges from the feminist literature is powerfully done." -- D. Jean Clandinin, University of Calgary

Deborah P. Britzman is Assistant Professor in the School of Education and Human Development at the State University of New York, Binghamton.


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Table of Contents

Foreword

Acknowledgments

1. Contradictory Realities in Learning to Teach

2. The Structure of Experience and the Experience of Structure in Teacher Education

3. Narratives of Student Teaching: The Jamie Owl Stories

4. Narratives of Student Teaching: The Jack August Stories

5. Discourses of the Real in Teacher Education: Stories from Significant Others

6. Practice Makes Practice: The Given and the Possible in Teacher Education

Notes

Bibliography

Index



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