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ERIC Number: EJ869451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0890-6459
Globalization in the Face of Standardization: Implications for Teacher Education
Delgado, Rocio; Norman, Patricia
Teacher Education and Practice, v21 n4 p461-463 Fall 2008
As globalization affects political and economic systems, cultures, and the environment, it affects the educational needs of a globalized workforce. In this complex, fast-evolving knowledge economy, workers must possess analytic skills, creativity, flexibility, and innovation. They need oral and written communication skills and the disposition to be lifelong learners who can locate and act on new knowledge as it is generated. As today's teacher candidates become the educators of an increasingly globalized society, they quickly encounter a challenging irony: The demands of the new economy suggest that students need to engage in serious intellectual pursuits--weighing evidence, seeing other ways of looking at the same data, identifying patterns, conjecturing, even arguing. Current policies such as No Child Left Behind, however, are not only narrowing the curriculum but positioning teachers as mere technicians who teach to standardized tests. Teacher candidates are entering the profession at a time of unprecedented educational decision making at the state and federal level. Preparing teachers for the paradoxical realities of globalization and standardization requires that teacher educators help them understand and embrace their advocacy role, not only of children and their families, but of the profession itself. The need has never been greater for teacher educators to help prospective teachers develop and use their professional voice as collaborative agents of change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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