This essay critically examines the circulation of what appear to be a small set of ‘core’ ideas that are influencing national and institutional policies of teacher education.
The author explores the emergence of new players in teacher education internationally, including individuals, corporations, and international bodies.
Using policy documents, influential research studies, university program statements, and interviews, the essay provides a discursive analysis of the contradictory voices in what is becoming a global conversation of teacher education.
In many ways, these ideas marginalize the voices of teachers and teacher educators.
They tend to narrow the definitions of education and teaching.
As a counterpoint to these widely circulating arguments, the author explores how reciprocal teacher education exchange programs in China and the US create opportunities for alternative constructions of visions of teaching and teacher learning.