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Cochran-Smith, Marilyn – Journal of Teacher Education, 2003
Describes the public's desire for teaching quality and teacher accountability. Asserts that while teachers and teacher educators must be accountable for their work, this work cannot be determined by narrow conceptions of teaching quality and student learning focused exclusively on test scores and ignoring the complexity of teaching and leaning,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Accountability, Elementary Secondary Education
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Cochran-Smith, Marilyn – Journal of Teacher Education, 2003
Outlines recent efforts to analyze, document, or enhance the impact of collegiate teacher preparation on teaching, learning, and practice. Includes examples from empirical studies or reviews, national initiatives to make teacher preparation more assessment based and evidence driven, and regional efforts to assess the impact of naturally occurring…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education
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Cochran-Smith, Marilyn – Journal of Teacher Education, 2002
Discusses the current controversy in teacher education about whether or not there is a research base that justifies particular practices related to the preparation, certification, recruitment, retention, and entry routes of teachers, focusing on guiding metaphors for research underlying these discussions, which include: research as weapon,…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Metaphors
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Cochran-Smith, Marilyn – Journal of Teacher Education, 2002
Responds to the Secretary of Education's 2002 report, "Meeting the Highly Qualified Teachers Challenge," which asserts that states must transform certification requirements because while states' academic standards for teachers are low, barriers that keep out qualified people who have not completed collegiate teacher preparation are high.…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Alternative Teacher Certification, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
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Cochran-Smith, Marilyn – Journal of Teacher Education, 2002
This editorial spotlights what teacher preparation has to do with: (1) teaching quality and school children's educational experiences and (2) equity, access to educational opportunities, and preparing all citizens of a demographically diverse society to live in democracy. It examines a California lawsuit, Williams v. State of California, which was…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Court Litigation, Democracy, Diversity (Student)
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Cochran-Smith, Marilyn – Journal of Teacher Education, 2001
Discusses the role of multicultural education in American education, examining Geneva Gay's book on culturally responsive teaching (which argues for culturally responsive teaching, with teaching having the moral courage to help make education more multiculturally responsive) and Sandra Stotsky's book (which argues that multicultural education is a…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Culturally Relevant Education, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education
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Cochran-Smith, Marilyn – Journal of Teacher Education, 2001
Suggests that what is missing from the discourse on higher standards in teacher education is discussions of outcomes measures, which make teaching harder and more complicated for teacher candidates, noting that such measures would recognize the complexity and uncertainty of teaching and learning and acknowledge the often concurrent, competing…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education
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Cochran-Smith, Marilyn – Journal of Teacher Education, 2001
Examines the importance of learning to teach for social justice, social change, and social responsibility. All teachers must learn to teach against the grain by collaborating closely with university- and school-based mentors to develop critique, challenge common practices, and engage in inquiry. Preservice programs must provide the social,…
Descriptors: Democracy, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education
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Cochran-Smith, Marilyn; Lytle, Susan L. – Journal of Teacher Education, 1992
Preservice and inservice teacher education must prompt teachers and educators to question issues of race, class, and ethnicity and develop appropriate courses of action. Teacher research is useful in that regard. Teachers can use research in work with other teachers and teacher educators to examine their knowledge, attitudes, and behavior. (SM)
Descriptors: Consciousness Raising, Cultural Differences, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education
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Cochran-Smith, Marilyn – Journal of Teacher Education, 1991
Describes innovative student teaching programs, noting assumptions about power, knowledge, and language of teaching. The paper discusses contrasting relationships (consonance, critical dissonance, and collaborative resonance), arguing that programs based on collaborative university-school relationships provide unique learning opportunities. The…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Field Experience Programs