An increasing number of educators are arguing for conceptually sound reflective or inquiry-oriented teacher education programs. The argument is based on the fact that reflective teaching is possible and the belief that teachers should develop habits of consciously informed action. Those who promote reflective teaching argue for teacher empowerment within a self-renewing profession.
Reflective Teacher Education offers case studies from seven universities that have organized teacher education programs around the concept of reflection. The cases represent public and private institutions, and alternative and traditional models of teacher preparation. The studies represent efforts to transform the entire professional education component rather than individual courses or isolated strategies.
The volume also considers reflection as a conceptual orientation, commenting on its power to inform and improve teacher education, and assessing the implementation of reflection in these specific programs. The six critiques raise intriguing questions about the possibility and desirability of reflective reform efforts by viewing the cases from varying perspectives—development, cognitive, feminist, social reconstructionist, and post-modern.
Linda Valli is Associate Professor and Director of Teacher Education at The Catholic University of America.
"This is the first book to directly take on the complexities that are involved in attempting to look at reflective teaching as a process of program design, development, and implementation. The seven case studies do move us toward a better understanding of the dynamics involved in the design and implementation of reflective teacher education programs, and the assessments by the critics help identify just what we know—and don't know—about such programs. " — Alan R. Tom, University of Arizona