1st Edition

Asian Perspectives on Teacher Education

ISBN 9780415852661
Published May 21, 2013 by Routledge
182 Pages

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Book Description

Research into teacher education is dominated by Anglophone literature, with the inevitable result that teacher education in non-English speaking regions of the world largely remains unexamined. This book fills the gap in the existing literature and comprises twelve invited contributions from an international panel of educationists. To provide the reader with a clear structure, the book offers a detailed introduction and afterword which brings together the various themes examined in each chapter. The contributions offer perspectives on teacher education in the Asian region, perspectives which, until now, have been missing from contemporary debate on teacher education. Presenting research from Australia, Japan, the USA, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea and Vietnam, this book examines the varied situations teacher educators experience in their own countries; in so doing the researchers identify resonances and dissonances in comparison with the dominant Anglophone research literature on the same subjects.

This book is an important contribution to the comparative study of teacher education in the first decade of the twenty-first century, giving a voice to an important sector of the international community of teacher educators.

This book was published as a special issue of Journal of Education for Teaching: International research and pedagogy.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Suzuki Shin’ichi (Saitama-ken, Japan)

2. Teachers’ Role in the Transition and Transmission of Culture

Yuri Ishii (Faculty of Education, Yamaguchi University, Yamaguchi, Japan) & Mari Shiobara (Music Education, Tokyo Gakugei University, Tokyo, Japan)

3. Alternate routes in initial teacher education: a critical review of the research and policy implications for Hong Kong

Kwok Chan Lai & David Grossman (Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China)

4. Teacher Education in a global context: Towards a Defensible Theory of Teacher Education

Richard Bates (Faculty of Education, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia)

5. Educators in American Online Universities: Understanding the Corporate Influence on Higher Education

Miki Yoshimura (Graduate School of Education, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, USA)

6. Developing a "Feedback Cycle" in Teacher Training: Local Networking in English Education at Keiwa College

Joy Williams, Akiko Shibanuma, Yoko Matsuzaki, Aiko Kanayama, & Atsumi Ito (Department of English and Communication, Keiwa College, Niigata, Japan)

7. Gender inequality among Japanese high school teachers: Women teachers’ resistance to gender bias in occupational culture

Tomonmi Miyajima (Human Development Unit, The World Bank, Middle East and North Africa Region, Washington DC, USA)

8. Teacher Induction Across The Pacific: A Comparative Study Of Canada And Japan

Edward R. Howe (Utsunomiya University, Utsunomiya, Japan)

9. Reform of Teacher Education in China

Xiaoguang Shi (Institute for Higher Education Studies, Peking University, Beijing, People’s Republic of China) and Peter Englert (Centre for Chinese Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, USA)

10. Early Childhood Teacher Education in China

Jiaxiong Zhu (Department of Early Childhood Education, East China Normal University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China)

11. English Education and Teacher Education in South Korea

Seongja Jo (Graduate School of Education, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan and Taerang Middle School, Seoul, Korea)

12. Development of Primary English Education and Teacher Training in Korea

Shiga Mikio (Center for International Programme and Exchange, University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan)

13. Educational Reform and Teacher Education in Vietnam

Takashi Hamono (Ochanomizu University, Tokyo Japan)


Shin’ichi Suzuki (Saitama-ken, Japan)

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Shin'ichi Suzuki is Professor Emeritus, Waseda University, Japan.

Edward R. Howe Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Utsunomiya University in Tochigi, Japan.