Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

The Controlling Hand: Canadian Teacher Education in a Global Context

Presentation by Alan Sears and Mark Hirschkorn 

February 5, 2018 at 1 pm 
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Due to the provincial nature of the enterprise, policy and scholarly discussions of education in Canada rarely take place at a national level.  Relatively recently, however, The Canadian Association for Teacher Education (CATE), has facilitated the publication of a number of monographs bringing together the work of scholars of teacher education from across Canada to provide a relatively rich portrait of initial teacher education (ITE) throughout the country.  The recent book, The Curriculum History of Canadian Teacher Education, edited by Theodore Christou helps fill out this picture.  This presentation is based on our chapter in the book which sets Canadian teacher education in an international context.  Specifically, it identifies a number of key themes in the international literature and examines how those play out in Canada including: the purposes of ITE; the influence of cultural factors on ITE; variations in policy contexts related to ITE; the range of providers of ITE; balance in ITE between academic, pedagogical and applied elements of programs; and the challenges facing ITE for the future, and assesses how they play out in a Canadian context. We argue that Canadian teacher educators would benefit from paying more attention to international trends in all of these areas.  

 

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