Fostering Global Competence in Teacher Education: Curriculum Integration and Professional Development

  •  Dech-siri Nopas    
  •  Chakree Kerdsomboon    


In an increasingly interconnected world, global competence in teacher education is paramount. This qualitative study delved into the perspectives of teacher education students, exploring their insights and experiences regarding integrating global competence into educational practice. Through in-depth interviews and thematic analysis, several key themes emerged, shedding light on the multifaceted nature of global competence. Participants emphasized the necessity of understanding diverse languages, cultures, histories, and geographical landscapes, highlighting their role in fostering intercultural empathy and appreciation. Moreover, the study elucidated the challenges faced in promoting global competence within the educational system, including curriculum constraints and limited opportunities for experiential learning. However, amidst these challenges, participants identified various strategies and recommendations for enhancing global competence in teacher education. These recommendations included integrating cross-cultural content into the curriculum, providing experiential learning opportunities, investing in professional development for educators, and fostering partnerships with international educational institutions. By addressing these recommendations, educators and policymakers could pave the way for a more inclusive and globally-minded educational system, equipping students with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in an interconnected world.

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