ERIC Number: EJ869444
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 4
Challenges to 21st-Century Teacher Education
Gonzalez, Gerardo M.
Teacher Education and Practice, v21 n4 p438-440 Fall 2008
The major challenge faced by teacher education in an increasingly global society is to prepare teachers who can function effectively in a standards and accountability environment while modeling and inspiring their students to be internationally minded, creative citizens. However, the demographic changes taking place throughout the world, specifically in the United States, have forced schools to focus on the development of minimum competencies and basic skills among large segments of the population. Thus, teacher education programs must figure out how they will produce teachers who can function effectively within the standards and testing environment of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act to foster the cultural awareness, knowledge, curiosity, critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills that students will need for global citizenship and creative innovation. The greatest challenge for teacher education in the United States, then, will be to implement promising reform models in a policy environment that is increasingly prescriptive and critical of the entire educational system, from preschool through college (including teacher education).
Descriptors: Role of Education, Teacher Education Programs, Federal Legislation, Educational Change, Global Education, Teacher Qualifications, Consciousness Raising, World Affairs, Cultural Pluralism, Academic Standards, Accountability, Critical Thinking, Interpersonal Communication, Problem Solving, Skill Development, Educational Policy
Rowman & Littlefield. 4501 Forbes Boulevard Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706. Tel: 800-462-6420; Tel: 717-794-3800; Fax: 800-338-4550; Fax: 717-794-3803; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://rowman.com/Page/Journals
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001