Comfort with Chaos and Complexity: Professional Action Groups as a Means for Pre-service Teachers Engagement with Diversity
Professional Action Groups encourage preservice teachers to engage with complexity in order to be effective within the diverse contexts of the classroom.
||Diversity, Student Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Community, Social Justice
International Journal of Learning, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp.39-48.
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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 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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