Title

Envisioning Our Practice: Examining and Interpreting Pedagogical Visions of Four Early-Career Teacher Educators

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2017

Publication Title

The New Educator

DOI

10.1080/1547688X.2015.1063177

ISSN

1549-9243

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to explore how pedagogical visions inform our work as former classroom teachers and current teacher educators in rural and urban regions of the United States. Specifically, we explore the instructional decisions we make as we work to meet these visions in higher education. Teacher educators are charged with the task of fostering visionary teachers in today’s highly challenging educational landscape. We pose the question: How can teacher educators foster visionary beginning teachers without an examination of their visions for their practice? Using a self-study design, we examine the intersections of our pedagogical visions for teaching and the instructional actions we take to work toward our visions in higher education. Findings highlight specific instructional practices and strategies used to enact visions while providing a critical discussion of the lens of visioning within self-study research.

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