Meeting literacy needs of pre-service cohorts: ethical dilemmas for socially just teacher educators

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Brennan, Marie and Zipin, Lew (2006) Meeting literacy needs of pre-service cohorts: ethical dilemmas for socially just teacher educators. Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 34 (3). pp. 333-351. ISSN 1359-866X


Australian teacher education, like the rest of the university sector in Australia, is under significant pressure and highly politicised. In this paper, we examine ethical dilemmas facing teacher educators who, in a context of difficult and eroding work conditions, grapple with literacy needs of pre-service students. We focus particularly on building an analysis and a broad framework for improving university literacy work, encompassing ethical commitments to our students, our employing institutions and, most importantly, to children and youth from families less powerfully positioned in the social structure and in Australian schools. Our analysis is informed by the conceptual framework of Pierre Bourdieu and by critical literacy work, especially that of African- American educator Lisa Delpit. The paper concludes with suggestions for framing literacy work within a teacher education programme designed explicitly around social justice ethics.

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Online ISSN: 1469-2945

Item type Article
DOI 10.1080/13598660600927513
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
Historical > FOR Classification > 1301 Education Systems
Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Historical > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Keywords ResPubID21844, ResPubID22104. literacy, pre-service cohorts, teacher educators, teacher education, curricula, Australia, Australian
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