Issues and Problems in Teacher Education: An International Handbook

Issues and Problems in Teacher Education: An International Handbook

Issues and Problems in Teacher Education: An International Handbook

Issues and Problems in Teacher Education: An International Handbook

Synopsis

This reference is a survey of the major issues in teacher education today in a representative group of 21 countries around the world written, with one exception, by native scholars and experts. This international handbook provides an overview of current problems and policies, approaches and trends, and future outlooks in teacher education. The appendix provides a comparative table of statistical data, and a bibliographic essay presents key research materials for further study.

Excerpt

This reference volume provides a survey of the major issues and problems in teacher education today in a representative group of twenty-one countries around the world. Key political, economic, social, and educational factors affecting teacher education against an historical background are examined. This is truly an international overview of current issues and problems, policies, approaches and trends, and future outlooks because, with one exception (that of the Soviet Union), all the country studies were written by native scholars and experts.

During these times of rapid social change and world uncertainties, this survey views systems of teacher education in the various countries as moving and changing entities where efforts to resolve problems are changing constantly.

This reference is designed for deans of schools, colleges, and departments of education; directors of teacher education programs; government officials concerned with the field of education; and teachers as well as students of comparative and teacher education.

Despite the large differences between countries, issues and problems of teacher education from country to country are remarkably similar. An examination of other countries' issues brings an international perspective to decision and policy making in one's own country. This is likely to produce a broader, more detached viewpoint toward one's own problems. An international awareness can reveal that the problems faced in one country are shared by others, even though their resolution may differ. In addition, the handbook helps the reader understand how various social, economic, and educational factors, especially historical antecedents, shape educational systems and make us more aware of the factors impacting on our own system.

The handbook defines the key terms issues, problems, and teacher education as follows:

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