Introduction: From Critique to New Scripts and Possibilities in Teacher Education

  • Barry Down
  • John Smyth
Part of the Explorations of Educational Purpose book series (EXEP, volume 22)


This book is about the stories of teacher educators committed to pursuing social justice in teacher education. It draws on the struggles of those who have taught about issues of social justice within universities, their accumulated knowledge and their practices in classrooms. The purpose of the book is to provide a space where teacher educators can deconstruct their own pedagogies, empower individuals to develop critical consciousness, and inspire a future generation of teachers to engage in social justice activism. To this end, the book provides some insights into the daily realities of critical teaching in conservative times (Brookfield, 2005; Kincheloe, Slattery, & Steinberg, 2000; Shor, 1992).


Teacher Education Social Justice Student Teacher Prospective Teacher Critical Consciousness 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationMurdoch UniversityPerthAustralia
  2. 2.School of EducationUniversity of BallaratMt HelenAustralia

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