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25.016 - Innovation in Teacher Education: Toward a Critical Reexamination

Sat, April 6, 8:00 to 10:00am, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Floor: 100 Level, Room 104C

Session Type: Invited Speaker Session


Troubling the current status of innovation as a ‘buzzword,’ in this session teacher education researchers in a variety of international contexts critically re-examine the meaning of the word innovation in order to shift it away from the dominance of the economistic and technological. Distinguishing between innovations driven by arguments for social mobility and those driven by social justice and equity, two imperatives for innovation underpinned by arguments for justice and equity are identified and taken up by the papers which comprise this session: the concept of a ‘teacher education debt,’ built on Ladson-Billings’ concept of ‘education debt’; and the humanization of learning, teaching and becoming a teacher as person-centered, relational practices. In doing so, this session contributes to a critical re-examination and re-definition of innovation in teacher education and development in regressive times by examining the purpose and rationale for change, centering diverse practices, contexts, pedagogies, principles, and learners.

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