This collection of narratives, stories, and case studies brings to life examples of policy processes that affect teacher educators' work, goals, and accomplishments, including certification, testing, allocation of policy responsibilities, standards, and resources.
Gideonse, a veteran participant in teacher education policy struggles in many different arenas, has provided an invaluable service by pulling together representative contributions that sample recent policy initiatives from state and Federal agencies, special commissions, teacher education units, and professional organizations. He clearly details the complex interplay of climate, role, structure, assumptions, issues, and players in each episode.
This selective combination of diverse types and voluminous amounts of data provides support for teacher educators seeking to more fully realize their professional aspirations and make more productive contributions to the policy debates that affect them.
Hendrik D. Gideonse is University Professor of Education and Policy Science at the University of Cincinnati. His previous publications include Educational Research and Development in the United States; Values, Inquiry, and Education, with Robert Koff and Joseph Schwab; and In Search of More Effective Service: Inquiry as a Guiding Image for Educational Reform in America.