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ERIC Number: EJ804792
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7925
The Rise and Fall of Comparative Education in Teacher Training: Should It Rise Again as Comparative Pedagogy?
Planel, Claire
Compare: A Journal of Comparative Education, v38 n4 p385-399 Aug 2008
It is argued in this paper that comparative pedagogy has a useful and relevant role to play in initial teacher training in England. The paper illustrates the national decline in the provision of a comparative dimension in both the study of education and in teacher training with a historical review of curricula in institutes in the Bristol area. Reasons for the decline are explored. Arguments are put forward to support the inclusion of comparative pedagogy in initial teacher training. It is held that comparative pedagogy is relevant to teachers whose careers may take them into pluricultural classrooms or across national boundaries, as well as teachers whose careers may be limited to monocultural classrooms. An empirical study is included, which explores the positive impact of comparative pedagogy on a small group of postgraduate primary English teacher trainees with a specialism in French. Their experience suggests that comparative pedagogy can give all trainee teachers a deeper understanding of pedagogy in general. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Bristol)