Teacher Education Dev'ts Discussed

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Teacher Education Dev'ts Discussed

Local and foreign teacher education specialists yesterday analyzed during the second day of the International Conference on Teacher Education (ICTE) at the Manila Hotel developments in teacher education in the new millennium.

Among the speakers were former Education Secretary Lourdes Quisumbing, Dr. Anne Hickling-Hudson of Australia, Matthias Wesseler of Germany, and Philippine Normal University (PNU) faculty members Professors Marcela Leus, Estafania de Guzman, and Rene Romero.

Quisumbing, in her paper "A Framework Teacher Education in the New Millennium," said all the developments today call for a major shift and new alternatives in teacher education programs.

The former president of the then Maryknoll College and now Miriam College said that instead of the traditional subject matter divide, a wholistic and integrated approach to education for global citizenship and education for international understanding and a culture of peace is suggested to the education sector.

Wesseler, executive director of the Testing, Research and Administration Institute for Socio-cultural Studies at the University of Kassel in Witzenhausen, Germany, said in his paper that there are recent approaches in German teacher education and other European countries which go beyond those hidden mechanistic assumptions.

"Learning, instead of being understood as a rational business to be managed and controlled by teachers, today increasingly is seen as a "synergetic self-organizing process. Successful teaching will no longer rely primarily upon domain-specific knowledge or methodological skills, but rather upon the teacher's elaborate capacity to learn," Wesseler said.

Hudson, senior lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, said in her paper that traditional education is being rendered obselete by the challenges of global change, and current trends in education, such as technological literacies, new ways of converging study and work, environmentalism, postcolonial studies and future studies, are likely to transform schooling and the preparation of teachers.

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