The Teacher’s Role in the Changing Globalizing World

Resources and Challenges Related to the Professional Work of Teaching

The teacher's role is changing rapidly throughout the world. Traditional ways of working as a teacher are being challenged and teachers are faced with new areas of expertise they need to manage as educational professionals. These characteristics, challenges, and changes in the teacher’s role have been identified internationally and are both conceptual and practical. Teachers’ work now includes much more than teaching in classrooms and has expanded to designing new learning environments, collaboration and networking with others and mentoring colleagues. The Teacher’s Role in the Changing Globalizing World addresses the significance of considering these issues, researching them, and emphasising the importance of actively influencing and protecting the parameters of the teacher role.

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Hannele Niemi, Ph.D. (1978), University of Helsinki, is Professor, Research Director. Since 2017, Niemi holds an UNESCO Chair in Educational Ecosystems for Equity and Quality Learning.

Auli Toom, Ph.D. (2006), University of Helsinki, is Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Centre for University Teaching and Learning. She is also a Visiting Professor at University of Tartu, Estonia.

Arto Kallioniemi, Th.D. (1997), University of Helsinki, is Professor of Religious Education. Since 2017, Kallioniemi holds the UNESCO Chair on Values, Dialogue and Human Rights.

Jari Lavonen, Ph.D. (1996), University of Helsinki, is Professor of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki, and Professor in the Department of Childhood Education, University of Johannesburg.

1. Teacher’s Work in Changing Educational Contexts: Balancing the Role and the Person
Auli Toom and Jukka Husu
2. The New Roles for Twenty-First-Century Teachers: Facilitator, Knowledge Broker, and Pedagogical Weaver
Wing On Lee and Jennifer Pei-Ling Tan
3. Pedagogical Beliefs, Instructional Practices, and Opportunities for Professional Development of Teachers in Estonia
Äli Leijen and Margus Pedaste
4. The Role of Teachers in the Finnish Educational System: High Professional Autonomy and Responsibility
Hannele Niemi, Jari Lavonen, Arto Kallioniemi and Auli Toom
5. Dutch Teacher and Teacher Education Policies: Trends and Ambiguities
Theo Wubbels and Jan van Tartwijk
6. Teacher Professional Development in Malta: Liberalizing the Way We Learn
Christopher Bezzina
7. Teaching in the USA: Decentralization, Inequality, and Professional Autonomy
Gerald K. LeTendre
8. Challenges and Solutions Faced by China’s Teachers in the Era of Globalization
Gu Mingyuan
9. The Changing Roles of Teachers and Teacher Learning in the Twenty-First Century: The Singapore Story
Ee-Ling Low
10. The Teaching Profession Amid Changes in the Educational Ecosystems
Hannele Niemi, Auli Toom, Arto Kallioniemi and Jari Lavonen

About the Contributors
All interested in the characteristics and changes in the teacher’s work and role in different societal contexts as well as dynamics and improvements related to it.