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The Pedagogy of Teacher Activism

Portraits of Four Teachers for Justice

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Keith Catone

Through the artful science of portraiture, The Pedagogy of Teacher Activism presents the stories of four teacher activists—how they are and have become social change agents—to uncover important pedagogical underpinnings of teacher activism. Embedded in their stories are moments of political clarity and consciousness, giving rise to their purpose as teacher activists. The narratives illuminate how both inner passions and those stirred by caring relationships with others motivate their work, while the intentional ways in which they attempt to disrupt power relations give shape to their approaches to teacher activism. Knowing their work will never truly be done and that the road they travel is often difficult, the teacher activists considered here persist because of the hope and possibility that their work might change the world. Like many pre-service educators or undergraduates contemplating teaching as a vocation, these teacher activists were not born ready for the work that they do. Yet by mining their biographical histories and trajectories of political development, this book illuminates the pedagogy of teacher activism that guides their work.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Catone, Keith, author. Title: The pedagogy of teacher activism: portraits of four teachers for justice / Keith C. Catone. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2016. Series: Education and struggle: narrative, dialogue and the political production of meaning; vol. 11 ISSN 2168-6432 (print) | ISSN 2168-6459 (online) Includes bibliographical references. Identifiers: LCCN 2016039567 | ISBN 978-1-4331-3437-1 (hardcover: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-3436-4 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4539-1916-3 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-3868-3 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-3869-0 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Teachers—Political activity—United States—Case studies. Social justice—Study and teaching—United States—Case studies. Classification: LCC LB2844.1.P6 C38 2017 | DDC 371.1—dc23 DOI: 10.3726/1-4539-1916-3 LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2016039567 Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de/.

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