(Re)Imagining Teacher Preparation for Conjoint Democratic Inquiry in Complex Classroom Ecologies

  • Deborah L. Seltzer-Kelly Southern Illinois University
  • Serina Cinnamon-Morrison Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • Craig A. Cunningham National-Louis University
  • Suzanne T. Gurland Middlebury College
  • Kalinda Jones Indiana State University
  • Shannon Lindsay Toth Southern Illinois University

Abstract

This paper explores the classroom-level implications of complex ecologies, especially regarding the interactions among the cognitive and social/relational aspects of learning. Our focus is upon the ways teacher preparation must be re-imagined if educators are to be ready to facilitate genuinely educative and democratic learning in our country’s increasingly diverse classrooms. We explore the works of John Dewey, Gregory Bateson, James Hillman and others to consider the ways in which teacher educators must be explicitly prepared to understand pathology as a product of the interactions among the elements of the complex ecologies of classrooms and social systems, rather than as an individual quality of students who struggle in the classroom.

Author Biographies

Deborah L. Seltzer-Kelly, Southern Illinois University
Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Serina Cinnamon-Morrison, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Doctoral student, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Southern Illinois University.
Craig A. Cunningham, National-Louis University

Associate Professor,Integrated Studies in Teaching, Technology, and Inquiry, National-Louis University

Suzanne T. Gurland, Middlebury College
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Middlebury College
Kalinda Jones, Indiana State University
Doctoral Candidate, Department of Educational Psychology, Indiana State University
Shannon Lindsay Toth, Southern Illinois University
Doctoral candidate, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Published
2011-03-08
Section
Research Articles