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Curriculum of pedagogical training and intercultural competence of teachers


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Hrvatić, Neven and Piršl, Elvi. (2005). Curriculum of pedagogical training and intercultural competence of teachers. Pedagogijska istraživanja, 2(2). pp. 251-266. ISSN 1334-7888

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Although the teachers’ position in contemporary school is substantially different from that in earlier periods, some dominant areas of application of new education, as well as professional training for teachers, are common despite the specificities of educational policies, those being: historical and traditional development of teachers’ training, cultural and political perspectives of education and learning, degree of professional autonomy and curricular changes. There are also basic guidelines for creating the concept and structure of curriculum for teacher training, which can be determined according to various principles: consecutive/successive model, parallel model and integrated model. The basic determinants of curriculum for pedagogical teacher training are the result of interaction of theoretical approach (knowledge) and necessary teaching skills. Since the changes in the teacher training system come out of the need for professionalization of education as significant developmental factor, teacher training should be approached as integral, open, dynamic and permanent process. The issue of intercultural competence has recently become more important due to globalization and world contacts not only among companies, organizations and individuals, which could not be conceived of without successful communication, but also specifically within the educational system. The development of intercultural competences is a long lasting and life-span process. Schools, i.e. teachers, play a specific role in that educational process. Discussing the projection of a teacher possessing intercultural properties, this paper explains the importance of cognitive, emotional and behavioural dimensions of a person educated in such a way. The teacher’s role should be to enable the pupil for communication and acceptance of people different from himself/herself, so that he/she could feel as a worthy and equal member of the community he/she belongs to. This aim can be accomplished through quality pedagogicalpsychological, didactical and professional education, enabling the teacher to be more flexible, creative and adaptive in complex and demanding educational situations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: pedagogical teacher training; school; teacher; intercultural competence; curriculum
Subjects: Pedagogy
Departments: Department of Pedagogy
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2017 10:57
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2017 10:57

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