Images of Schoolteachers in America

ISBN-10: 0805830871
ISBN-13: 9780805830873
Edition: 2nd 2000 (Revised)
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List price: $49.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

This book explores images of schoolteachers in America from the beginning of the 20th century to the present, using a wide range of approaches to scholarship and writing. It is intended for both experienced and aspiring teachers to use as a springboard for discussion and reflection about the teaching profession and for contemplating these questions: What does it mean to be a teacher? What has influenced and sustained our beliefs about teachers? New in the second edition * The focus is shifted to the teaching profession as the 21st century unfolds. * The volume continues to explore teacher images through various genres--oral history, narrative, literature, and popular culture. In the second edition, the authors place more emphasis on the social-political context that has shaped teachers' daily experiences and the teaching profession itself. In the study of teacher images and schooling, the essays draw from feminist research methods and the critical tradition in educational inquiry to probe issues of power and authority, race, social class, and gender. * The emphasis is on the multidimensionality of teacher images rather than normative characterizations. * Six totally new chapters have been written for this new edition: an "invented interview" spanning 100 years of school teaching; portraits of progressive activist teachers; an exploration of teachers in fiction for young adults; a retrospective of the satirical cartoon show, The Simpsons; a study of crusading and caring teachers in films; and an overview of progressive classroom practices in "the new millennium." Seven chapters have been thoroughly revised to reflect current scholarship and the authors' evolving knowledge and interests.

Bill Ayers is Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago (retired), and founder of both the Small Schools Workshop and the Center for Youth and Society, where he taught courses in interpretive and qualitative research, urban school change, and teaching and the modern predicament. A graduate of the University of Michigan, the Bank Street College of Education, Bennington College, and Teachers College, Columbia University, Ayers has written extensively about social justice, democracy and education, the cultural contexts of schooling, and teaching as an essentially intellectual, ethical, and political enterprise. He is currently the vice-president of the curriculum studies division of the American Educational Research Association.

Preface
Prologue
One Hundred Years of Schoolteaching: An Invented Interview
Images in Oral Histories and Narratives
Good Women and Old Stereotypes: Retired Teachers Talk About Teaching
Shifting Images Across the Generations: Conversations With Beginning, Current, and Retired Teachers
Reflections in a Mirror: Metaphors of Teachers and Teaching
Constructing and Discovering Images of Your Teaching
Beyond the Classroom: Progressive Activist Teachers and Images of Experience, Meaning, Purpose, and Identity
Images in Textbooks, Literature, Television, and Film
"The Ideal Teacher": Images in Early 20th-Century Teacher Education Textbooks
The Sentimental Image of the Rural Teacher
And the Oscar Goes to ... Teachers as Supporting Actors in Fiction for Young Adults
"I Will Not Expose the Ignorance of the Faculty": The Simpsons as School Satire
A Teacher Ain't Nothin' but a Hero: Teachers and Teaching in Film
Teachers as Saviors, Teachers Who Care
Epilogue
Responding to Reform: Images for Teaching in the New Millennium
Contributors
Author and Name Index
Subject Index

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