Preparing Teachers for the 21st Century

  • Xudong Zhu
  • Kenneth Zeichner

Part of the New Frontiers of Educational Research book series (NFER)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Teacher Preparation and Teacher Quality

  3. Preparing Teachers and Teacher Educators Globally and Locally

  4. Professional Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. D. Jean Clandinin, Lee Schaefer, Julie S. Long, Pam Steeves, Sue McKenzie-Robblee, Eliza Pinnegar et al.
      Pages 251-262
  5. Social and Cultural Perspectives of Teacher Education

  6. Teachers’ Knowledge and Characteristics and the Quality of Teaching and Teacher Education

About this book


This book addresses two main questions, namely how to prepare high-quality teachers in the 21st century and how the East and the West can learn from each other. It addresses the different challenges and dilemmas that eastern countries, especially China, and western countries are facing with regard to teacher education. We explore the question by examining teacher education research, practice and policy in different countries, identifying both common problems and country-specific challenges. We then try to find valuable experiences, theories and practice which can solve specific problems in the process of teacher education, also addressing how local and global factors impact it.

In this regard, our approach does not strictly separate pre-service teacher education from teachers’ in-service professional development, adopting an integrative perspective. Further, we believe the respective social and cultural contexts must also be taken into account. Lastly, we call for teachers’ knowledge and individual character traits to be accounted for in the education of high-quality teachers.

Editors and affiliations

  • Xudong Zhu
    • 1
  • Kenneth Zeichner
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Teacher Education Research, Faculty of EducationBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingPeople's Republic of China
  2. 2.College of EducationUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-36969-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-36970-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2195-3473
  • Series Online ISSN 2195-349X
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