ERIC Number: EJ869443
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 16
The Challenge of Globalization: Preparing Teachers for a Global Age
Merryfield, Merry M.
Teacher Education and Practice, v21 n4 p434-437 Fall 2008
Globalization changes everything. When young people affect and are affected by issues, changes, and events across the world, they need to be given the tools to participate in global discourse and decision making. With their incredible consumer power, today's preK-12 students are already influencing global economic, technological, and environmental changes. As tomorrow's electorate, they will be confronted with the acceleration of knowledge creation never before imagined. They will need new skills to organize, debate, learn, and engage in actions and discourse on issues facing their planet. Such global engagement is likely to expand their identities as they develop loyalties to people and issues beyond their borders. How should these profound changes affect the ways in preparing teachers? In this paper, the author offers several suggestions for infusing global perspectives into teacher education programs in general. The knowledge and skills that grow out of the disciplines that teachers will teach is beyond the scope of this paper.
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Global Approach, World Affairs, Consciousness Raising, Cultural Pluralism, Teacher Qualifications, Critical Thinking, Teacher Characteristics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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