By Tony Townsend, Richard Bates

This booklet offers a wide-ranging evaluate of the present nation of instructor schooling, with contributions by way of a world crew of instructor educators. It makes a speciality of matters confronting instructor educators this present day and within the coming decade, together with the impression of globalization at the occupation of educating, and the necessity for instructor schooling to conform to altering responsibility standards, and determine a suite of minimal criteria that qualify somebody to coach.

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Private higher education institutions lack world class libraries and laboratories and other facilities that make for a quality university education; they also tend to produce a very limited curriculum focused on business, commerce and technology – the very media that strengthen the economic ties of a developing country to a developed nation. In other words, the curriculum works within the global consensus of what education is for and, in the process, provides a limited experience to students in both educational and social terms.

How we teach – in that new technologies have not only given teachers new tools for the classroom that have created instant and powerful connectivities between persons and ideas, across space and in real time, they also fundamentally alter our notions of what it means to teach. ● What we teach – in that these powerful technologies are not culture free, but carry with them very powerful cultural content pre-loaded in the cyberspace curriculum and preset by transnational forces that – in ways still poorly understood – demand sameness rather than separateness.

In addition to posing such critical questions, what can teachers do in the face of the challenges (and opportunities) posed by globalization? TEACHING IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD As suggested earlier, globalization represents both opportunities as well as concerns. In this context, what could teachers do? Here are some suggestions: ● The importance of establishing critical values in the education system, in the face of the relentless consensus being imposed by transnational forces on the end of LEARNING AND LEADING IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD 39 politics, on what education is for (but beware of a conservative restoration in this vacuum).

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