Engaging the Pedagogic
Preface: Approach of This Text
PREFACE Approach of This Text In the fall of 2009 I developed and began teaching a new course entitled ‘International Education: Opportunities and Challenges’ for pre-service education teacher candidates. There was institutional support for this course given my faculty’s and university’s mandate to ‘internationalize.’ For my part I understood that I could draw on my past experience of teaching in private international schools in the global South for seven years during the 1990s. I was also aware that there were increasing opportunities for my students to begin their teaching careers outside of Ontario or Canada. Mirroring the subtitle of this course I developed for my students, designing and teaching the course has provided its own set of ‘opportunities and challenges.’ It provided the opportunity to draw on both my academic and experiential interests and knowledge to design and teach a course aimed at opening up students’ thinking around education, schooling, teaching opportunities and the wider world. The course also posed for me a set of unique challenges. One big challenge was narrowing down curricular content for a very short 18-hour elective course. Another challenge was to bring a level of criticality into the largely celebratory and Western-centered imaginaries of international educa- tion. Still another was to resist polemic engagement in ideology critique and personalizations of privilege/oppression (and guilt) in a standpoint fashion that students could master and reject. Finding readings that are relatively accessible yet critical and nuanced continues to be difficult; indeed going beyond students’ schooled and me- diatized...
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