Teacher education for a democratic society in England and South Africa

Clive Harber, J Serf

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This paper considers the role of teacher education in England and South Africa in relation to education for democratic citizenship. It argues that teacher education should play a positive role in this respect but there has often been a contradiction between the structures and practices of teacher education and democratic forms of education. The paper analyses teacher education policy in both countries in the light of these arguments. It then goes on to discuss the practice of teacher education in both countries in relation to existing literature and evidence and interviews with student teachers at two universities in England and two in South Africa. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)986-997
Number of pages12
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2006


  • England
  • citizenship
  • South Africa
  • democracy
  • teacher education


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