Collaboration in teacher education through research in multicultural education
Changing demands in education and society and the specific roles of teachers in
classroom praxis urge lecturers (teacher trainers) from different tertiary institutions
to collaborate in an internationally-funded project Understanding human rights
through different belief systems: intercultural and interreligious dialogue. The
reason for the collaboration of the five tertiary institutions was to conceptualise
theories and to identify practical implications applicable to teacher training in a
multicultural society and school environment. Different cultural environments at
tertiary institutions may cause imbalances in teacher training which cannot enhance
or develop all the different aspects of diversity and inclusivity in education.
This article focuses on how the processes and theories of the collaborative research
inform theory and praxis in order to understand the dynamics of research in
multicultural education in pre-service and in-service training programmes.
South African Journal of Higher Education Vol. 21 (3) 2007: pp. 503-519