Taking Teaching Seriously expands and enriches discussions about teacher preparation in the United States. Its authors describe the unique contexts for teacher preparation offered by liberal arts institutions and analyze the effects of these programs on their graduates and on K–12 schools. They emphasize that the goals and conditions for teacher preparation differ from larger public institutions in several key respects including supervisor-student teacher relationships, philosophical foundations, and approaches to clinical fieldwork. Taken together, the essays provide compelling evidence that educational studies programs in liberal arts colleges and universities constitute a vital component of the teacher education system in the United States.
“This book asks a serious question: 'What does it take to prepare teachers that can stimulate students to think critically, courageously, and creatively?' This volume argues that liberal arts institutions are uniquely positioned to cultivate the intellectual habits and reflective practices essential to inspired teaching. Through compelling portraits of practice-in-action and sophisticated analyses —the authors offer an imaginative road map of what teacher education should strive to be.”—Sam M. Intrator, Smith College
"The liberal arts curriculum is commonly associated with preparing
students to actively participate in a democracy. As such, liberal arts
colleges have a critical role to play in the preparation of teachers.
This wonderful collection shows how liberal arts colleges fulfill
their missions through thoughtful preparation of our next generation
of teachers. While they may educate a small portion of tomorrow's
teachers, these schools play a large role in setting the standards and
establishing the values and priorities for teacher education in this
country. This highly readable book contains important lessons for us
all."—Katherine Schultz, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
“Liberal arts colleges have a unique role to play in preparing teacher-leaders for public education who can help kids learn to use their minds with power and imagination. This is a pathway into teaching that merits serious attention by teacher educators, policy makers and critics alike. Readers of this book will find a picture of teacher education worthy of a democratic society.” -- Sharon Feiman-Nemser, Brandeis University