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Teacher education and critical inquiry : the use of activity theory in exploring alternative understandings of language and literacy

Doecke, Brenton and Kostogriz, Alex 2005, Teacher education and critical inquiry : the use of activity theory in exploring alternative understandings of language and literacy, Australian journal of teacher education, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 15-26.

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Title Teacher education and critical inquiry : the use of activity theory in exploring alternative understandings of language and literacy
Author(s) Doecke, Brenton
Kostogriz, Alex
Journal name Australian journal of teacher education
Volume number 30
Issue number 1
Start page 15
End page 26
Publisher Social Science Press
Place of publication Katoomba, NSW
Publication date 2005-02
ISSN 0313-5373
1835-517X
Summary This article explores the challenges of espousing a critical pedagogy within the managerial climate that presently shapes teacher education. Current discourses of professionalism are incommensurate with an understanding of the way that literacy practices are grounded in the social worlds in which both school and university students operate. Such discourses construct graduate teachers as the providers of decontextualised literacy skills to school students whose existing communication networks are ignored. We argue that an alternative understanding of professional practice can be developed by focusing on the textual resources university students use to mediate their learning, and by locating their emerging professional identities within the activity systems and meaning-making practices in which they participate.
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Language eng
Field of Research 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30024367

Document type: Journal Article
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