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Teacher Education Frontiers
International Perspectives on Policy and Practice for Building New Teacher Competencies
Education is the most important investment in the long haul and the quality of education impacts on nation building, people’s capacity for adaptation, value creation and innovation. The anchoring factor in successful education is the quality of the teacher. This edition on teacher education addresses the development of new teacher competencies in light of global changes. Teacher education must focus on producing thinking and innovative teachers - those who are not only good at classroom practices but also courageous in engaging the environment for real world learning. Recent international studies on the impact of educational reforms on student learning and achievement also point to the importance of focusing on teacher recruitment, teacher education and teacher development. What can we learn from the teacher policies and practices of some of the world’s best performing education systems? How do some of the best systems cope with and envisage the future? What insights can policy makers, researchers and practitioners gain from the values paradigms, pedagogical, psychological and technological perspectives in innovating teacher education?
The views presented in Teacher Education Frontiers: International Perspectives on Policy and Practice for Building New Teacher Competencies will help fill the gap for a much needed source of reference for policy leaders, researchers and practitioners to innovate and improve teacher education research, policy and practice.
- Contributors of this volume are leading thought-leaders in the field of teacher education: a top OECD advisor, a highly-experienced vice-president, deans and ex-deans, as well as top academics
- Chapters provide valuable insights on perspectives from nations with top performing educational systems such as Finland, Korea and Singapore
- Chapters cover international perspectives as well as insights on the contextualization of policy and practice
- The comprehensive coverage deals with macro teacher policy issues and innovation from the perspective of partnerships, theory-practice linkages, values paradigms and pedagogical innovation
- The chapters take a futuristic perspective and envision how best to build the teaching profession for the 21st century