18.03.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

International Seminar discusses Teacher Training in the world

Subject: International Seminar on Comparative Education in Teacher Training and launch of the Portuguese version of the publication "International Handbook on Comparative Education"

Date/time: March 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Location: Auditorium of CAPES headquarters building, Setor Bancário Norte, Quadra 2, Bloco L, Brasilia, DF, Brazil

With the objective of discussing the achievements and challenges of Teacher Training and to review the international experiences in the area of Education, the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), in partnership with the United Nations Educational, scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), holds the International Seminar on Comparative Education in Teacher Education in the Auditorium of the headquarters building of the CAPES on March 19, 2013.

The event will be opened by the President of CAPES, Jorge Almeida Guimarães, and by the Director of UNESCO Office in Brazil, Lucien Muñoz. Renowned national and international experts will discuss issues such as the training of teachers in the United States and the European Union, as well as the importance and limits of Comparative Education in teacher training. There will be coordinated roundtables to discuss, understanding and socialize experiences and thoughts about Comparative Education.
The Seminar intends to promote Comparative Education as an allied area in understanding the needs for improving the educational quality for Teachers of Basic Education. It happens in a crucial moment in the history of Brazil both in terms of investments in initial and continuing training of two million Brazilian Teachers of Basic Education, both in Brazil as well as internationally. For the first time, CAPES is providing in-service training abroad for teachers os Basic Education.
New publication in Brazil

This effort to bring together expertise in the subject and to raise awareness about the relevance of the theme culminates in the launching of the Portuguese version of the book "International Handbook of Comparative Education" organized by Prof. Robert Cowen of the University of London and Prof. Andreas Kazamias, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The work gathers wide scope contributions to scientific advancements in the field of Comparative Education.
The two volumes of this work discusses the debates and the scholarly works developed in the study area called Comparative Education. The volumes have argued that what is considered "good" Comparative Education has changed over time. It analyzes the changing academic schedules, the prospects for attention in processing and the different languages used to build Compared Academic Education. The work shows the ways in which Comparative Education responds to political and economic changes, as well as to the intellectual currents that are strong in times and in specific locations.
Volume I mainly analyzes the construction of Comparative Education in the 19th and 20th centuries. Volume 2 shows how vigorous the field is within current policy today. The first section of the book is about the history of the field. The last two sections deal with the future. The intermediate sections analyze the relationship between Education and: (a) training policies, (b) industrialization and economic systems, (c) the global, the international and the local spheres (d) the post-colonialism, and (e) the cultural standards, knowledge and pedagogies.
The future of Comparative Education is treated, especially in Volume 2, without hasty conviction that the future has to do with the clash of civilizations; or that the future is more globalized; or that it is only necessary to have better understanding of an intellectual perspective. This book is produced in a central moment in the history of this area of knowledge and it leaves its future open, offering a wide variety of ways to talk about the new perspectives.

More information about the Seminar 

Information for the press

Fabiana Santos
Phones (61) 2022-6210/8237-2111
Email: imprensa(at)capes.gov.br 
UNESCO in Brazil
Isabel de Paula
Communication Adviory-UNESCO in Brazil
Phones (61) 2106-3538, 98468061
Emails: isabel.paula(at)unesco.org.br

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