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March 25, 2014 | 8:28 am
by Robin VitucciThe need for university/K-12 connections has become critical in recent years due to the increased role of teachers to foster global learning. Research suggests that teachers need time to practice their craft as part of adequate training. According to Ken Zeichner, however, there is a disconnect between what candidates learn in their preparation programs and what opportunities they have in their clinical experience to practice what they learn, especially as it relates to global education. Teacher training and education might be more useful when higher education institutions foster relationships with K-12 schools and create programs centered around the needs of the students those teachers will likely teach. Several institutions around the country have created programs to support teacher candidates and practicing teachers in bringing an international dimension into their classrooms.In the Office of K-12 Outreach at Michigan State University, faculty members work directly... read more
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November 26, 2012 | 12:29 pm
Courses that focus on specific content areas provide the most direct avenue for helping future teachers learn how to integrate knowledge of the world into their teaching. All subjects, not just social studies and languages, can be taught with the world in mind. Learning to do this well, to go beyond “food, flags, and festivals,” takes time, reflection, and guidance. It requires support for teacher candidates to deepen their knowledge of global issues, world regions, and cultures, and to learn new pedagogical practices they may not have experienced as students.Collaboration among faculty in education and arts and sciences can be particularly beneficial for revising instructional methods classes. Teacher educators for instructional methods courses can guide future teachers’ pedagogical practices so they can help their own students understand and engage with the world in meaningful ways. These practices include:Seeking accurate information from a variety of sources, especially primary... read more