ERIC Number: ED392724
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
From Teacher Education to the Classroom: Reflections of Teachers upon Their Teacher Education Experiences in Global Education.
Merryfield, Merry M.
This study describes global education as one of the current trends in teacher education in the United States. In this study, preservice and inservice teachers who attended six outstanding teacher education programs in global education were asked to reflect upon: (1) what they valued in their program's content and experiences; (2) their processes of applying what they had learned to their own classroom instruction; and (3) the constraints that hindered their abilities to use what they had gained in the teacher education program. Overall, the teachers valued content related to the topics of culture, global interconnections, and the environment. They found working with new instructional materials and interacting with other teachers, teams, and people from other cultures as the most useful experiences. The teachers applied what they had learned by extending or revising what they already were teaching, adding a comparative dimension or multiple perspectives, or initiating interdisciplinary approaches to mandated topics. Major constraints on the teachers' abilities to apply their new knowledge in their own classroom instruction included their students' abilities (such as reading level or developmental age), the conservatism of the community, and their own personal experiences. (EH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Practitioners
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