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Tcwhiny & T~~uder khm~rron, Printed in Great Britam

Vol 9, No. 4. pp. 431-438,

1993

0742-051X:93 S6.00 + 000 Prrpamon Press LLd

REFLECTIVE

TEACHER

EDUCATION:

TECHNIQUE

OR EPISTEMOLOGY?

HUGH

MUNBY

and TOM
Ontario,

RUSSELL
Canada

Queen’s

University,

AN ESSAY-REVIEW

OF REFLECTIVE TEACHER CASES AND CRITIQUES
NY: State University

EDUCATION:

Linda Valli (Ed.) (1992). Albany,

of New York Press (ISBN O-7914-

1131

1)

“Where

do you come from?”

said the Red Queen. “And where are you going?” Through the Looking Glass

Lewis Carroll,

Rejective Teacher Education: Cases and Critiques consists of two parts, and could well be described as two books in one. Part I, “Case Studies of Reflective Teacher Education,” presents multi-author descriptive accounts of seven preservice programs by individuals who have helped to develop and sustain the programs. Part II, “Critiques of Reflective Teacher Education,” contains six single-author chapters that respond in very different ways to the seven case studies. Editor Linda Valli provides an introduction and an afterword and is a co-author of one of the case studies. This is an important collection. The seven teacher education programs include a variety of approaches that demonstrate that teacher education is responding to research knowledge. The six critical chapters in the second part generally present clear yet disquieting views of the many important problems that still confront teacher education. The title of the collection will attract an audience that may be disappointed, for the collection confirms that “reflective teacher education” does not exist in any coherent sense.

Each of the seven programs has unique assumptions and organizing principles, some working with little more than a common-sense definition of reflection that seems to come naturally to all teacher educators. The six critiques similarly convey unique senses of “reflection.” This collection...

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