Abstract

Abstract:

This qualitative study explores three years of data from an ongoing professional development program for alumni of one university’s varied teacher education programs. Participants cross secondary grade levels and disciplines. Researchers examine what transpires when controversial topics are raised within this diverse teacher discourse community. Findings across the data suggest that when faced with more difficult topics such as race and sexual orientation, participants engage in comfortable collaboration rather than critical colleagueship, preferring to provide uncritical, though helpful, support rather than challenge one another. Implications for current teacher education programs include encouraging more open and analytical dialogue that moves students beyond their comfort zones, both inside and outside of their respective grades and disciplines.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1534-5157
Print ISSN
0018-1498
Pages
pp. 130-145
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-06
Open Access
No
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