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Teacher Educators as Members

of an Evolving Profession

by Miriam Ben-Peretz, Sarah Shimoni and Rivka Reichenberg, Rowman & Littlefield Education, Lanham, Md., 2013, 256 pp. with index, $60 hardcover, $29.95 softcover

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A compilation of 11 research papers, this book has hit the ground running at a time when the topic of teacher education quality is being examined internationally. Teacher Educators as Members of an Evolving Profession raises questions such as what does it mean to be a teacher educator, who should be a teacher educator, are there a set of standards that teacher educators should follow? and how do teacher educators impact the programs they teach in?

Each of these questions is addressed in this book with the answers derived at through the examination of the research by the co-authors, including Linda Darling-Hammond.

This book is a great read for anyone in education, especially those in teacher preparation programs. It encourages teacher educators to be not only pedagogically knowledgeable, but also to be an integral part of their college of education by knowing their students and being held accountable for the preparedness of their students for classroom teaching assignments. The quest for teacher improvement and student achievement stems from the quality of teacher educator programs and the quality of teacher educators within them.

If no more than to spark your mind by raising awareness and questioning a profession you may be directly involved in, this book should make anyone vested in teaching and learning think about his or her role as a change agent. Many statements made in this book serve as food for thought and should be the cause of a movement to promote better quality in teacher educators.

Reviewed by Priscilla A. Boerger, associate professor of education, Lynn University, Boca Raton, Fla.

 

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