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Teacher Education in the 21st Century

A Focus on Convergence

Editor(s): Lukas Bleichenbacher, Ruth Frehner, Brigitte Kürsteiner
Contributors: Victor Saudan, Anne-Christin Schondelmayer, Ruth Frehner, David Goulding, Lukas Bleichenbacher, Ying Yue-Nielsen,

Book Description

How can teacher education prepare future teachers for their work in increasingly diverse classrooms? How does the concept of plurilingualism inform language educational policy in different countries? What are the current opportunities and challenges in the domain of internationalisation in teacher education?

The contributions to this volume address these questions from different theoretical perspectives, and with a strong emphasis on the actual practices in various classrooms. At a time when simplistic, essentialist, biased, and discriminatory ideologies and practices see a rebirth in public discourse, and represent a risk to education, the contributors here take stock and describe some worthwhile alternatives.

The first set of chapters addresses the integration of ethnic, religious, and gender diversity in teacher education colleges. In the second part, the notion of plurilingualism in different educational contexts is explored from a critical sociolinguistic point of view. The chapters in the third part present evidence from innovative international academic exchange programs and how they contribute to socio-spatial learning amongst others. The common denominator in this volume is the notion of convergence – the coexistence of people and practices in diverse contexts.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-9058-8
ISBN-10: 1-4438-9058-8
Date of Publication: 01/07/2016
Pages / Size: 299 / A5
Price: £47.99


Brigitte Kürsteiner is Director of International Relations at the University of Teacher Education Lucerne, Switzerland, and holds degrees in Geography and Intercultural Communications. She is a Lecturer of Internationalized Learning for Mobility Students and a project coordinator for several international cooperation networks. Her research projects cover questions of socio-spatial learning and transnationality in social networks of mobile teacher students.

Lukas Bleichenbacher is a Lecturer of English Studies and Foreign Language Methodology at the University of Teacher Education St. Gallen, Switzerland. His research interests include discourse-analytic and socio-linguistic approaches to plurilingualism, intercultural education, language policies, and language ideologies, especially in the domain of foreign language learning. As a Researcher with the Institut Fachdidaktik Sprachen at the University of Teacher Education St. Gallen, he was the main scientific coordinator of the International Week 2013.

Ruth Frehner has been a Lecturer of English Language and Literature at the University of Teacher Education St. Gallen, Switzerland, for the last 15 years. She has built up, and is in charge of, the International Office at the Secondary I Department. From 2010 to 2015, she was also Director of Studies of a continuing education program for in-service teachers of English at Secondary I level. In addition to her involvement in teacher education, she has also been a curator at the Zürich James Joyce Foundation since 1985, where she has, among other things, co-curated exhibitions, edited essay collections, and organised cultural events.

Antje-Marianne Kolde is Professor of Greek and Latin at Haute École Pédagogique Vaud, Switzerland. Between 2009 and 2012, she was responsible for the mobility of teachers at that institution.