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ERIC Number: ED567113
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Teacher Education in the Context of International Cooperation: The Case of East Timor
Almeida, PatrĂ­cia Albergaria; Martinho, Mariana; Lopes, Betina
Bulgarian Comparative Education Society, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (10th, Kyustendil, Bulgaria, Jun 12-15, 2012)
East Timor has reached independence in 2002, after two periods of colonialism and after severe violence, especially following 1999. As a result, the country was almost destroyed, and lost its qualified workforce in all sectors, including education. To ensure national independence it is necessary to reconstruct and build the basic infrastructures for all sectors, and mainly, prepare a technical and professional elite expected to ensure the autonomy of the society and the sovereignty of the state. In this context, education plays a key role. Thus, the Timorese Government has supported several approaches to empower national education, mainly through teacher education. Due to the lack of qualified teacher trainers, East Timor has resorted to the support of teachers from Portuguese-speaking countries, such as Portugal. In this paper we describe and discuss how a module of a bachelor's course carried out in East Timor was designed and implemented by Portuguese teachers. Furthermore, we reflect upon the singularities of such an experience, highlighting the challenges and the obstacles found by the trainers and the trainees. [For complete volume, see ED567040.]
Bulgarian Comparative Education Society. Blvd Shipchenski prohod 69 A, 1574 Sofia, Bulgaria. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Portugal; Timor-Leste