Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Justice and Practice: Tensions in the Development of Social Justice (Teacher) Educators
by Schiera, Andrew J., Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2017, 392; 10600894
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation explores how pre-service teachers conceptualize the relationship between justice and practice, and then navigate the tensions of their student teaching context to enact their beliefs in their teaching practice. Starting from the assumption that all teachers must understand how their practice challenges rather than reproduces inequities, this proposal’s theoretical framework explicates four elements of a social justice educator: an orientation towards justice, a critical frame for understanding the relationship between macro-level structures and micro-level interactions, and conceptual and practical tools to live this in one’s practice/praxis. A literature review of Social Justice Teacher Education (SJTE) and Practice-based Teacher Education (PBTE) along these four dimensions suggests complementary possibilities for facilitating the preparation of social justice educators. The qualitative study, leveraging practitioner research methodologies, how pre-service teachers developed the conceptual and practical tools of social justice educators. Findings pre-service teachers suggest that pre-service teachers varied in their conceptualizations of how teachers acted towards more just outcomes, and in their relation of their teaching aims to the real world. Additionally, pre-service teachers responded to tensions they countered in their particular school context by planning and enacting units of instruction that fulfilled their teaching aims, responded to the contextualized tensions, reflected their conceptualizations of justice, and met their students’ needs.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ravitch, Sharon M.
Commitee: Reisman, Abby, Rust, Francis
School: University of Pennsylvania
Department: Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 79/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Pedagogy, Teacher education, Secondary education
Keywords: Conceptualization, Equity, Justice, Practice, Pre-service teachers, Teacher education
Publication Number: 10600894
ISBN: 9780355219012
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