Teacher education in a global society

Jian Wang, S. J. Odell

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Abstract

These are strange times for teacher education in a democratic society because globalization dominates economic, political, and technological interfaces among social institutions, nation-states, and the world. These are also dangerous times for teacher education in a democratic society because the expansion of neoliberalism as form of contemporary globalization increasingly permeates all aspects of society and influences social institutions–particularly, education. Teacher education serves many functions in contemporary democratic society, but perhaps most important is the function of teacher education in preparing teachers to consider how schools play into facilitating an alternative discourse grounded in a critique of war, terrorism, oppression, and abuse, to focus on the elements of society that everyone would choose not to pass on to the next generations. The author stresses that teacher education must necessarily facilitate this alternative discourse by preparing teachers who, as
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-489
JournalTeacher Education and Practice
StatePublished - 2008

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