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Critical Resistance as an Act of Love: Creating Space for Education as the Practice of Freedom Within Urban Teacher Preparation
Radina, Rachel

2015, Doctor of Philosophy, Miami University, Educational Leadership.
Teacher education programs, urban schools, and society at large are facing many challenges that educators cannot ignore. In order to move beyond the reproduction of society’s inequalities, teacher education programs must change the way teachers are prepared for the classroom. Schools can function as transformative spaces, yet teachers must be aware of both the challenges and possibilities in schools. Educating pre-service teachers to be critical scholars and activists will require a change in the way we conceptualize the purpose of education and it will also require teacher educators to interrogate their own power, privilege, and understanding of systemic injustice.

This study was conducted to better understand the student culture within an urban teacher preparation program. Students who participated in the study took critical positions and expressed concern in regards to the many injustices they learned about in their urban teacher preparation program. They pointed to gaps in the current way we educate pre-service teachers in the typical teacher education classroom. They described the urban teacher preparation program they took part in as merely good teaching and suggested that all students be exposed to this type of critical, social justice focused curriculum. Students in this program were required to take part in many community-based education experiences, merging theory and practice, and the students valued their education outside of the classroom and suggested this approach to teacher education is pertinent to becoming a good teacher. They were concerned by the lack of critical conversations about injustice in their typical teacher education classrooms and expressed the need to push both pre-service teachers and teacher educators to be more critical and concerned about social injustice.
Richard Quantz (Committee Chair)
241 p.

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