Self-Study for Teacher Educators: Crafting a Pedagogy for Educational Change brings the topic of self-study to the teacher education classroom. Anastasia P. Samaras frames her own self-study with Vygotskian theory. Her stories of her life as the daughter of immigrants raise important issues of race, ethnicity, class, and gender. She applies the insights of her self-study to her own pedagogy; the result is a cutting-edge pedagogy for the preparation of teachers. Samaras' model offers mentoring structures for teaching preservice teachers and a curriculum that prepares them for the realities of the classrooms they will enter. This book provides concrete suggestions for redefining the mentor, especially in the current context of the high attrition rate among new teachers.
The Author: Anastasia P. Samaras is Associate Professor of Education and Director of Teacher Education at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Her commitment to teaching spans thirty years and encompasses teaching in junior and senior high schools, preschools, and universities. She is the author of numerous publications of her self-study and interpretation of Vygotskian principles in a teacher education program and the recipient of distinguished service awards for her leadership in education.