Reeducating the Educator

Global Perspectives on Community Building

Edited by Helen Christiansen & S. Ramadevi

Subjects: Teacher Education
Series: SUNY series, Teacher Preparation and Development
Paperback : 9780791451229, 260 pages, November 2001
Hardcover : 9780791451212, 260 pages, November 2001

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Table of contents

Sigrun Gudmundsdottir



Part I. Opening the Conversation

1. Community and Community Building in Teacher Education
Helen Christiansen and S. Ramadevi

2. Finding New Words for Old Songs: Creating Relationships and Community in Teacher Education
Mary Beattie

3. Enhancing First-Time Teaching at the Post-Secondary Level: A Story of Collaborative Mentorship
Katie Flockhart and Vera E. Woloshyn

Part II. Focus on Paradigms

4. The Posttraditional Community: A New Concept for a New Era
Lorraine M. Ling, Eva Burman, and Maxine Cooper

5. From "Common Grounds" to the "Rough Ground" of Teacher Education: Experiencing Teacher Education as a Collaborative Practice
Hans Smits and David Friesen

6. Situating Ourselves Within Narrative: Reeducating the Educator
Florence Samson, Bev Brewer, Angela Chan, Maureen Dunne, and Vicki Fenton

7. The Postmodern Challenge: Using Arts-Based Inquiry to Build a Community of Teacher Collaborators and Selves
Carol A. Mullen and C. T. Patrick Diamond

Part III. Focus on Programs

8. Creating Community in Online (Electronic) Environments
Ann I. Nevin, Antonette W. Hood, and Mary E. McNeil

9. Building Communities in Teacher Education: The M. Teach

Robyn Ann Ewing and David Langley Smith

10. Project Partnerships: An Account of Partnership-Based Teacher Education at Victoria University
Brenda Cherednichenko, Jan Gay, Neil Hooley, Tony Kruger, Rose Mulraney, and Maureen Ryan

11. Creating a Community of Teacher Educators
Miriam Ben-Peretz and Moshe Silberstein

Part IV. Closing the Conversation

12. Gathering the Threads
Helen Christiansen and S. Ramadevi



About the Contributors


A comparative look at the professional development of teachers and teacher educators.


Reeducating the Educator focuses on community building within teacher education programs in Canada, Israel, Australia, and the United States. Maintaining that communities have to be built and sustained, the contributors discuss possible theoretical frameworks underlying community building and change and suggest that there is a need for teacher educators to go beyond localized experiences and reach out to one another in a global discussion. Because of the impact of local cultures and histories, key questions and issues vary from one country to another, and even from one faculty to another, but the resulting global conversation provides a greater understanding of the professional development of teachers and teacher educators.

Helen Christiansen is Associate Professor of Education at the University of Regina, Canada, and the coeditor of Recreating Relationships: Collaboration and Educational Reform, also published by SUNY Press. S. Ramadevi is Professor at the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages in Hyderabad, India and the author of Learner Autonomy in the ESL Classroom: A Study in Curriculum Design.


"A strong contribution to the field, this will be of interest to teacher educators and future teacher educators. It also has implications for university administrators and policy makers. " — Marilyn Johnston, coeditor of Collaborative Reform and Other Improbable Dreams: The Challenges of Professional Development Schools