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February 18, 2013 | 7:11 am
Teacher education programs are greatly enhanced and more relevant for today’s world when international and global dimensions are included in programming and curricular design and implementation. The definitions of an internationalized teacher education program can vary, but several basic ideas are advanced in research and literature. Jane Knight defines internationalization of university general education curriculum as "the process of integrating an international, intercultural or global dimensions into the purpose, functions or delivery of post-secondary education."  This definition, whether applied to university-wide curriculum or specifically to teacher education, emphasizes the importance of "integration." Internationalization of teacher education is not an add-on, a frill, or an extra, according to a NAFSA report.  It is not a priority, competing against other educational outcomes.  It is integral to the fabric of a program and produces teachers who are globally competent and who... read more