Exploring Difference: International Perspectives on Teacher Training

Exploring Difference: International Perspectives on Teacher Training

Thursday 7 November 2013, British Embassy Berlin

The series International Dialogue on Education Berlin is a joint initiative of the British Council, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Australian Group of Eight, the Embassy of Canada in Germany, the German-American Fulbright Commission and Freie Universität Berlin. In 2013, ID-E is also joined by the Finnish Institute in Berlin. Through the contributions of international participants the series aims to enrich the debate on science, research and higher education policy in Germany, to place German perspectives in a global context and to learn from positive examples from other countries.

The tenth conference in the ID-E Berlin series focused on perspectives from anglophone countries and Finland on teacher training and how to ensure that teachers become more internationally and culturally competent. Drawing on examples from their own education systems and at their own institutions, a detailed understanding of the different systems and new developments in teacher training were elicited from experts from Australia, Canada, Finland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The event was followed on 8 November by a conference in Berlin entitled “Internationalisierung der Lehrerbildung” organised by DAAD, supported by the Zentrum für LehrerInnenbildung, Universität zu Köln.