ERIC Number: ED109058
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Comparative Education and the Restructuring of Teacher Education: An Opportunity for Quality and Service.
Barker, H. Kenneth; Al-Rubaiy, Abdul A.
Since circumstances are demanding a comprehensive restructuring of teacher education in this country, and since comparative and international education are inexorably linked to teacher education, this restructuring should be viewed by comparativists as an opportunity to enrich the quality of, and be of service to, teacher education. More specifically, comparative educators can retain a reputation for intellectual respectability and professional indispensability by making their knowledge and skills available to this inevitable restructuring process. It is not enough to advocate that the content of comparative and international education be made more meaningful to the total process of educating teachers, its approach must also be workable. Its methodologies must contribute to the analytic skills that teachers need in order to analyze their roles and perform their functions in an enriching manner. The impact of restructuring on the future of teacher education nationally will undoubtedly cause numerous difficulties, but an opportunity to demonstrate the power and relevance of foundational studies cannot be missed. Comparative education can make a substantial contribution to the teacher preparation programs. It has the potential to offer: (a) a legitimate body of knowledge derived from intercultural and multicultural experiences that can enrich and enhance teacher education, and (b) appropriate methodologies for inquiries, theory-building, and for drawing and validating generalizations. (Author/JS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society (San Francisco, March 26-29, 1975)