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Critical perspectives on teacher education in neo-liberal times: experiences from Ethiopia and Namibia

Dahlstrom, Lars; Lemma, Brook

Abstract:
This article combines analysis from teacher education in Ethiopia and Namibia with recent examples of neo-liberal influences on national education sectors. The article describes the national teacher education reforms and analyses the forces of and damage caused by the 'liberal virus' by looking at the plasma teacher phenomenon in Ethiopia and critical practitioner inquiry in Namibia. Our findings show how neo-iberalism when entering the education arena reduces teachers to technical caretakers and transforms what was once introduced as progressive and critical practices of education into separated entities following technical rationalities. Teacher education is also silently transformed to develop students and teachers alike into consumers in the educational marketplace through the neo-liberal governmentality that turns people into tightly controlled individuals who insist on claiming to be free in a globalized world. This article not only illustrates the damage inflicted by the liberal virus, but recommends the practice of contextualized critical thinking at all levels of education as proposed in critical practitioner inquiry practices.

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Document Title: Critical perspectives on teacher education in neo-liberal times: experiences from Ethiopia and Namibia
Journal: South African Review of Education
Volume: 14
Issue: 1-2
No. of Pages: 29-42


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:African Continent
Keywords:Teacher Education, Neoliberalism, Ethiopia, Namibia, Educational Reform


File Size:90 KB
Rights:Permission to reproduce this article was granted by the journal editor
Date Added:01 August 2008


Dahlstrom, Lars; Lemma, Brook (2008). Critical perspectives on teacher education in neo-liberal times: experiences from Ethiopia and Namibia, South African Review of Education 14(1-2):29-42