This book captures the spirit, richness, and diversity of democratic teacher educators as they put their ideas into practice in creative and persistent ways. Using a diverse group of democratic educational projects from throughout North America, this volume taps into varied ways teacher educators from large state institutions, small rural colleges, urban private universities, new academic programs, special teacher development centers, and public voluntary citizen organizations are working to create the resources and opportunities for teachers to develop the skills and confidence necessary to promote sustained democratic processes.
John M. Novak is Professor of Education at Brock University where he also served as Chair of Graduate Studies. He is co-author of Inviting School Success, and Education: By Invitation Only, in addition to being editor of Advancing Invitational Thinking. Since 1984 he has served as editor of Insights, a publication of the John Dewey Society for the Study of Education and Culture.
"This book provides clear, disciplined intellectual grounding in philosophical ideals of democracy while illustrating efforts to implement, live, practice, and teach these. This unique balance between philosophy and practice is useful and informative. It provides hope for all who are constantly reflecting upon, restructuring, and perservering in this challenge to teach and think ethically and morally. " — Rebecca F. Blomgren, Director of Teacher Education, Greensboro College