Thinking and Acting Across Ponds: Glocalized* Intersections of Trepidation, Neoliberalism, and Possibilities for 21st Century Teacher Education

Fasching-Varner, Kenneth J. and Desmarchelier, Renee P. and Gerlach, David and Wiens, Peter and Schrader, P. G. and Down, Barry and Stewart, Lindsay and Stone, Michaela and Bagnall, Nigel and Luke, Mareen (2020) Thinking and Acting Across Ponds: Glocalized* Intersections of Trepidation, Neoliberalism, and Possibilities for 21st Century Teacher Education. International Dialogues on Education: Past and Present, 7 (1). pp. 113-127. ISSN 2198-5944

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This article draws upon the cross-continental experiences of teacher educators in Australia, Germany, and the United States to contextualize and connect localized experiences in each country in the education and training of teachers as glocal phenomena. Through a glocal lens, the paper suggests that the dynamics working against the successful education and training of teachers are multifaceted, locally significant, and globally consistent. Two relevant areas are considered, resonating in both the local contexts of the authors and in their global reach, connectivity, and consistency: 1) internal university resistance and fighting over funding, status, and role and 2) over-reliance on market economies that depend on cheap labor fuelled by nationalism, neoliberalism, and xenophobia. The authors address issues related to enrolment, reduction, and accreditation within university-based teacher education and training pro- grams as particular areas of common complexity before yielding to discussion of the effects of those concerns situated within neoliberalism and neo-nationalism. The glocalized analysis and critical approach ta- ken by the authors serve as foils to combat the negative scenario that encapsulates the education and training of teachers. Finally, questions are framed to help readers join in the broader discussion in their particular contexts, extending the capacity for democratic dialogue.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Academic Transformation Portfolio (14 Apr 2021 -)
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2022 23:37
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2022 05:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: glocality, teacher education, neoliberalism, educational reform, comparative education, free market, teacher education and training, higher education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy > 390201 Education policy
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390307 Teacher education and professional development of educators
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160303 Teacher and instructor development

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