Critical Social Studies Teacher Education in Anti-Critical Times

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2022

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Robinson, Heath T.

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Texas Education Review

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Politicized culture war struggles in the third decade of the 21st century increasingly result in Republican-controlled state legislatures passing education policies which inhibit democratic citizenship education in social studies classrooms (e.g., Texas HB 3979). The forward to this special issue argues that university-based teacher education remains one of the few institutional sites where disrupting anti-democratic policies and curriculum is possible. Underscoring neoliberal hegemony, the transformative potential of critical, social justice-oriented social studies teacher preparation is discussed along with acknowledgments of myriad complexities and barriers influencing emancipatory possibilities. The qualitative studies featured in this special issue, and summarized in the foreword, speak to said complexities and barriers which extend teacher education research concerned with disrupting anti-democratic citizenship education in social studies classrooms.

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