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Activity Theory, Teacher Education, and Diversity

The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.

—Karl Marx, 11th thesis on Feuer bach

How does one prepare teachers to work in environments characterized by (cultural, ethnic, racial, income) diversity, such as inner-city (urban) schools? Much of the existing research on schools, teacher education, and diversity has attempted to understand (interpreted) the world of schooling in various ways, without being able to effect change. The reason for this lies in the fact that the drivers for change tend to come from the outside of the systems to be changed (“research informing practice”). As the introductory quote suggests, however, the point is not primarily to understand but to change the world, and this change itself brings about new ...

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