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Thinking and acting both locally and globally: new issues for teacher education


Townsend, T, Thinking and acting both locally and globally: new issues for teacher education, Journal of Education for Teaching, 37, (2) pp. 121-137. ISSN 0260-7476 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/02607476.2011.558263


Over the course of educationís history, there have been four key shifts in the way in which education has been seen and organised. These are identified as Thinking and Acting Individually, Thinking and Acting Locally, Thinking Nationally and Acting Locally, and Thinking Internationally and Acting Locally. Each shift has seen a new set of imperatives for schools and teacher education. These changes now seem to be coming more frequently and the paper argues that, since we still have not achieved a quality education for all students, one further shift is needed, to Thinking and Acting both Globally and Locally. Such a move has implications for educational policy, and for both school and classroom practice. In turn, this shift identifies implications for the education of teachers and school leaders. The paper identifies what some of these changes might be and what teacher education needs to do to prepare teachers and school leaders for an increasingly complex future.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:teacher education; school leadership; educational change; global thinking; teacher capability; leadership styles
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Townsend, T (Professor Tony Townsend)
ID Code:93500
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-08-06
Last Modified:2017-11-21

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