College instructors, independent trainers, and trainers in private and public organizations from six continents gathered in Auckland for an intense three days of idea sharing and brainstorming on issues and strategies in training the early childhood workforce worldwide.
There were several unique aspects that contributed to the value of the event…
- The format of the event made for in depth, connected conversations.
- Plenary presentations on the following topics were followed by small group discussions.
- Each of the discussion groups remained the same for the entire Forum so that conversations and professional connections deepened (view the complete agenda for a full program description).
- Conversations on teacher education for advocacy and leadership.
- Conversations on teacher education in bicultural and multicultural contexts.
- Conversations on teacher education and relationships.
- Conversations on teacher education and adult learning strategies
- Conversations on teacher education and curriculum.
- Conversations on teacher education and the role of technology in program delivery.
- Conversations on future directions for early childhood teacher education.
Vibrant, challenging, and inspiring conversations at the 2008 Working Forum for Teacher Educators have led to the creation of the book Conversations on Early Childhood Teacher Education, edited by Colin Gibbs and Andrew Gibbons. Launched at the 2009 World Forum on Early Care and Education, this book captures, shares and sparks the continuation of conversations initiated in Auckland, and adds emphasis to the growing global commitment to early childhood teacher education.
The 2009 World Forum featured important teacher education sessions based on issues raised in Auckland. Attendees gathered for sessions that dealt with issues such as Innovative and Effective Uses of Technology for Online Teacher Education and Expanding Cultural Awareness.
The World Forum Foundation, with the input of all the Working Forum attendees, is currently evaluating next steps to take in addressing teacher education. Other developments will be announced in future issues of ExchangeEveryDay.