Comfort with Chaos and Complexity: Professional Action Groups as a Means for Pre-service Teachers Engagement with Diversity

By Hank Weddington and Steve Rhine.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Professional Action Groups encourage preservice teachers to engage with complexity in order to be effective within the diverse contexts of the classroom.

Keywords: Diversity, Student Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Community, Social Justice

International Journal of Learning, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp.39-48. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 813.618KB).

Dr. Hank Weddington

Hank Weddington is assistant professor of education in the Masters of Arts in Teaching Program at Willamette University. Prior to academe,he worked as a teacher for students with behavioral and emotional disabilities. Other publications include two documentary films, "Close Harmony" and "Teaching Lessons and Learning Lessons in the Special Ed Classroom".

Steve Rhine

Steve Rhine is a Professor of Education at Willamette University in Oregon, USA. For the past four years he served as Director of the Oregon Technology in Education Network, supported by a PT3 grant, and has been instrumental in their recently funded Teacher Quality Enhancement grant. Dr. Rhine has published a number of articles, and presented on topics including constructivist based practices with technology, algebraic thinking, and issues of diversity--particularly related to English language learners. He has recently published two books. The first, "A Brilliant Teacher", an engaging account of his year-long trip around the world with his wife and three children. The second, "Integrated Technologies, Innovative Learning: Insights from the PT3 Program", an edited book of stories of efforts by institutions to integrate technology in the development of preservice teachers.


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