Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963992 | Print ISBN: 9781412906784 | Online ISBN: 9781412963992| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Teacher Education in a Global Context
Cheryl L. Beverly
In the twenty-first century, educators are experiencing the challenge of working with learners and families who represent a diverse range of experiences, practices, and beliefs. The changing demographics regarding the languages spoken, communication patterns, family configurations and functions, expectations of education, child rearing, problem solving, and access to resources ensure that educators will be working with persons whose culture and experiences are different from their own. Educators will be working with native learners and families who have very different experiences and expectations, as well as children and families who are immigrants from Western and non-Western cultures. As a result, teachers must increasingly be taught to do their work in a global context. This entry looks at what is required and how teacher education can meet these needs. As nations are developing their education systems and opening educational opportunities to a broader population of learners, they are confronting the issues of ...