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Linking practice and theory

The pedagogy of realistic teacher education

This book (2001) is the result of the joint research of a group of educationalist of Utrecht University, around Fred Korthagen. It focuses on the concept of ‘realistic teacher education’ and is set up as a journey back and forth between practice and theory. The book is not only about linking them, but models how it can be done, providing both practical solutions and research-based theoretical foundations. One of the leading distinctions is between different conceptions of knowledge, especially theoretical knowledge (episteme) and practical wisdom (phronesis), the old Aristotelian contrast. This brings about a fundamental shift in thinking about teacher education, and the type of skills of a reflective practitioner. The book has served as a guide for teacher educators, with many practical ideas and instructions.


Routledge, 2001
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