Preparing Middle Level Educators for 21st Century Schools, Hardback Book

Preparing Middle Level Educators for 21st Century Schools Hardback

Edited by Penny B. Howell, Shawn A. Faulkner, Jeanneine Jones, Jan Carpenter

Part of the The Handbook of Research in Middle Level Education series


Over the last decade, significant changes have occurred in how schools are organized, how educators are prepared and certified, how accreditation policies have shifted both curriculum and content, as well as changes to the demographics of middle school classrooms.

This volume, Preparing Middle Level Educators for 21st Century Schools: Enduring Beliefs, Changing Times, Evolving Practices provides a review of current research focused on middle level educator preparation at all levels.

Our enduring beliefs about young adolescents have not changed (e.g., need for developmentally responsive instruction, caring adults who understand them and are prepared to teach them, opportunities to explore their interests) but the political and sociocultural climate of schools and schooling has.

In light of changing times, this volume allows researchers and teacher educators to share research from their context and inform the evolving practices of educator preparation for the middle level. The research presented in this volume is organized into three sections, with an introduction provided for each.

The authors grounded their work in the Association for Middle Level Education's teacher preparation standards (2012) and tenets of This We Believe (NMSA, 2010).

By doing so, they examine topics that hold potential for meeting the learning needs of teachers and students in middle level schools.

The first section includes chapters from individuals working to ensure that the enduring beliefs of middle level education continue to guide the structures of their middle level teacher preparation programs.

The second set of chapters closely examines how changing times are shaping the work of teacher educators.

Finally, the last section spotlights evolving practices that continue to develop in response to the changes impacting our classrooms, schools, and communities. This text provides readers with researched-based practices and information to help them continue the tradition of middle level teacher education.

The enduring beliefs of preparing teachers who understand, respect, and honor the many talents, gifts, and contributions of the young adolescent student will guide teacher educators as they respond to the changing times of education and the evolving practices of teachers, teacher educators, and schools.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Information Age Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Teaching staff
  • ISBN: 9781641133159



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