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Cultural-Historical Perspectives on Teacher Education and Development: Learning Teaching


Teachers, both in and beyond teacher education programmes, are continual learners. As society itself evolves, new settings and the challenges they provide require new learning. Teachers must continually adapt to new developments that affect their work, including alterations to qualification systems, new relationships with welfare professionals, and new technologies which are reconfiguring relationships with pupils.

Cultural-Historical Perspectives on Teacher Education and Development is an international volume which clarifies the purpose of initial (pre-service) teacher education and continuing professional development, and the role of universities and higher education personnel in these processes. An edited collection of chapters by leading researchers from the UK, the US and Europe, it gains coherence from its theoretical orientation and substantive focus on teacher learning. This book:

demonstrates the contribution of sociocultural and cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT) towards our understandings of teacher learning offers a strong exemplification of a research focus on teachers as learners in specific sociocultural settings shows what teachers learn, how they learn and where they learn, using specific research examples, in the context of broader interests in the development of professional practice and professional education.

As the only volume now available that applies CHAT principles to teacher education and learning, Cultural-Historical Perspectives on Teacher Education and Development will be highly useful for teachers and teacher educators undertaking postgraduate and doctoral studies, particularly in the area of professional learning and development. It will also be of relevance to the continuing development of teachers and other school-based professionals.


  • Contents
  • List of figures
  • List of tables
  • List of contributors
  • Acknowledgements
    • 1 Introduction
  • Part I The social situation of teacher development
    • 2 A Vygotskian analysis of the construction of setting in learning to teach
    • 3 What and how do student teachers learn from working in different social situations of development in the same school?
    • 4 Taking a sociocultural perspective on science teachers' Knowledge
    • 5 How can Vygotsky and his legacy help us to understand and develop teacher education?
    • 6 Categorising children: pupil health and the broadening of responsibilities for the teaching profession
  • Part II A cultural- historical methodological perspective
    • 7 Studying the process of change: the double stimulation strategy in teacher education research
    • 8 Investigating teacher language: a comparison of the relative strengths of Conversation Analysis and Critical Discourse Analysis as methods
    • 9 Learning to become a teacher: participation across spheres for learning
    • 10 Breaking out of a professional abstraction: the pupil as materialized object for trainee teachers
  • Part III Cultural- historical designs for teacher education
    • 11 Deviations from the conventional: contradictions as sources of change in teacher education
    • 12 ‘What have we learnt after we had fun?’: an activity theory perspective on cultures of learning in pedagogical reforms
    • 13 When third space is more than the library: the complexities of theorising and learning to use family and community resources to teach elementary literacy and mathematics
    • 14 Learning- for-teaching across educational boundaries: an activity- theoretical analysis of collaborative internship projects in initial teacher education
    • Afterword: CHAT and good teacher education
  • Index

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