The International Journal of Critical Pedagogy

Trembling on the Precipice of Possibility: A Story About Becoming a Teacher Educator for Social Justice

Julie Machlin Burke



This article describes the strategy of creating an illustrated story book as an attempt to invite teacher education candidates to engage in deeper reflection and critical analysis common sense which shapes their teaching. In the process of describing how to teach preservice teachers to teach for social justice the author uses examples from her own development as a teacher educator for social justice. The author suggests four elements that may be critical to teaching teacher candidates to persevere in rigorous critique of their own common sense. They are imagery and intensifying metaphor; foolishness; a dialectic of criticality and joy; and communal sharing.

            Keywords: teacher education, critical analysis, preservice teachers, social justice


teacher education, critical anaylsis, preservice teachers, social justice, achievement gap

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