A Qualitative Case Study Exploring How Faculty Incorporate Equity in a Practice-Based Teacher Preparation Program

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Thomas, Stephanie
Hart, Jaalil
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Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Education , Teacher Preparation , Teacher Educators , Equity , Social Justice , Student Teachers
There is a huge shift in teacher education to make it more practice-focused while also incorporating equity which has been elevated as a result of the pandemic. As teacher preparation programs evolve to prepare teachers for diverse classroom settings, the need for teacher preparation training that focuses on equity is becoming more apparent. This study seeks to expand the literature by exploring how teacher educators infuse equity in a practice-based teacher preparation program. Using a case study approach, two teacher educators from various backgrounds shared their experiences incorporating equity and social justice in their teacher preparation curriculum. Results indicate that the driving force behind their efforts is rooted in their upbringing and early and frequent exposure to equity and social justice before becoming teacher educators. Implications of these findings contribute to the ongoing professional development of teacher educators as well as suggestions on hiring practices to attract teacher educators from diverse backgrounds.