TitleAddressing social difference with prospective teachers who want “to make a difference”
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsWhitehead, K.
JournalAsian-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education
Volume35
Issue4
Pagination18
KeywordsEducation
Abstract

This paper focuses on undergraduate education students’ understandings about social difference and social justice as recorded in their professional journals in the first semester of third year. Keeping these findings in mind, the paper identifies discursive spaces where teacher educators might work with prospective teachers to promote critical reflection about social difference and facilitate a commitment to social justice in education.  It shows that their reasons for choosing teaching as a career, reflections on their school experiences and discussions about future students are grounded in the culture of individualism that is commonplace in Australian society.