Making Sense of Teacher Education in a Globalizing World: The Distinctive Contribution of a Sociocultural Approach

Burn, K. and Menter, I.


This article examines the potential of sociocultural approaches for making sense of the way in which globalization shapes teacher education policy and practice in particular contexts. It argues that the value of such approaches lies in their reframing of many conventional dualities that tend to characterize analyses of the process of globalization: dichotomies drawn, for example, between the global and the local, the micro and the macro, the material and the immaterial. It draws first on a tightly focused study of a single teacher education program to outline central tenets of sociocultural theory, before discussing aspects of a second, more wide-ranging, comparative study of the experience of learning to teach in different institutional and national contexts. The study has been chosen to illustrate how such theories illuminate the nested, interacting relationships between individuals’ social situations of development and the wider institutional, national, and global contexts within which they are located.

Comparative Education Review

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Published online November 04, 2021