The «New» Foundations of Teacher Education – A Reader – Revised edition
Edited By Eleanor Blair
Questions for Reflection and Application
After reading the essays in Section One, answer the following questions:
1. How we define the problems/issues in our schools often determines the kinds of solutions that we consider to be viable. Do a brief situation analysis of the context where you work or intend to work; for example, demographics, geography, economics, politics, etc. Identify the major stakeholders and their perspectives regarding major problems/issues. What types of issues would a social justice leader identify and seek to solve within this context?
2. Consider the obstacles to becoming a social justice leader in your school. Within each of the following four dimensions of your work, consider the associated obstacles: self-interests, school, district, and/or profession. Within each category (as appropriate), list the relevant factors that get in the way of teacher leadership operating within a social justice framework.
3. As you consider your personal plan for teacher leadership, what additional skills, knowledge, or attitudes will you need in order to achieve your desired image of teacher leader? How will you develop these skills, knowledge, and attitudes?
Answer these questions using both the ideas from the essays that we are considering as well as your personal experiences with the schools you have encountered during your life: as a student, parent, and/or teacher. References to specific ideas found in the Section One essays are expected.
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