Beyond the limits of theoretical discourse in teacher education: Towards a critical pedagogy

Kirk D. (1986) Beyond the limits of theoretical discourse in teacher education: Towards a critical pedagogy. Teaching and Teacher Education, 2 2: 155-167. doi:10.1016/0742-051X(86)90014-4


Author Kirk D.
Title Beyond the limits of theoretical discourse in teacher education: Towards a critical pedagogy
Journal name Teaching and Teacher Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0742-051X
Publication date 1986
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/0742-051X(86)90014-4
Volume 2
Issue 2
Start page 155
End page 167
Total pages 13
Subject 3304 Education
Abstract This paper argues for the development of a critical pedagogy through teacher education. Current theoretical discourse in teacher education, represented by radical, rationalist, and traditionalist perspectives, has failed to provide an adequate rationale for teacher education, given the multi-dimensionality of the teacher's task in contemporary schooling. Teacher education has failed to provide teachers with the critical capacities needed to guard mass schooling against political interference and its use as an agency of control rather than emancipation. The problem in part lies in the limitations of the ideological basis of each perspective, but more significantly in a common failure to account for a number of fundamental structures that constrain and contain teacher education. These structures are identified and discussed with a view to providing the context for an adequate rationale for teacher education. The paper concludes with a discussion of a number of key issues, such as the nature of knowledge in teacher education programmes and the 'problem' of theory and practice, in an attempt to lay the ground for the development of a critical pedagogy through teacher education.
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