ERIC Number: EJ869458
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 1
Preparing Teachers for a Global Society That Is Yet Unknown to Teacher Educators
Houston, W. Robert; Pierson, Melissa E.
Teacher Education and Practice, v21 n4 p479-481 Fall 2008
Challenges facing teacher education in an increasingly global society are actually reflections of four major shifts in society--shifts that teacher educators must understand and accommodate to develop programs that capture the essence of the schools of tomorrow rather than stagnate in models of yesterday. First, electronic technology has become pervasive, affecting every facet of society. Second, there is a clear shift in the values, knowledge base, and inquiry strategies of children and youth today. Third, modern tools have changed the ways in which people relate to one another, erasing borders and barriers and allowing communication around the world as effortlessly as communication across a classroom. The final challenge is the evolving relationships of the United States with other industrialized and Third World nations. The key factor almost always missing in teacher candidates today is a vision of how to use digital tools to meet 21st-century learning needs. The article concludes that the challenge facing teacher education is how to prepare a new generation of teachers for a rapidly shifting world that is foreign to both the teacher educator and the teachers whom they are preparing. This challenge revolves around connecting teacher educators (who know pedagogy but may be learning to effectively teach with technology tools) with teacher candidates (who are often skilled at using technology tools but are novice educators) so that both groups can frame a vision of what is possible in preparing the next-generation teaching force.
Descriptors: Teacher Educators, Teacher Education, Global Education, Cultural Pluralism, Consciousness Raising, Teacher Competencies, Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Student Teachers
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