ERIC Number: EJ811916
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Reference Count: 11
"Response to Loomis et al.:" Information Flows, Knowledge Transportability, Teacher Education and World Culture
Ladwig, James G.
Teaching Education, v19 n1 p13-15 Mar 2008
"The logic of convergence and uniformity in teacher production" argues for a need to understand teacher education within the history of economic institutions. In the contemporary world, so the argument goes, where global information, capital flows, and opened markets are said to be making the world "flat", it is crucial to consider just what the institutional mechanisms are that educate the broader populations of the (entire) world and ask again just what the nature and quality of those institutions are, as institutions. For Richard Hofstadter, the institutional mechanisms that drew individuals into teaching in schools, and the mechanisms for determining what was taught and learned in schools were crucial (for him the shift from predominantly male to predominantly female teaching populations was a new thing). In this article, the author argues that an institutional focus is now not only appropriate, but imperative if teachers are to see through the sham that floats around government halls and hotel conference facilities under the banner of educational policy. Seeing schools and teacher education as economic institutions is, of course, eminently correct and important; however, as the example of Hofstadter reminds them, the view presented by economic institutionalism is also only a small portion of the story they need to understand, and at times provides a misleading focus.
Descriptors: Educational Change, Technological Advancement, Global Approach, Teacher Education Programs, Schools of Education, Educational Environment, Educational Trends, Educational Philosophy, Educational Principles, Economic Factors, Educational Policy, Influence of Technology, Institutional Environment, Organizational Culture, Educational Theories, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Role of Education
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