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Internationalizing teacher education curricula: opportunities for academic staff development

Mónica Lourenço (Research Centre on Didactics and Technology in the Education of Trainers, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal)

On the Horizon

ISSN: 1074-8121

Article publication date: 4 July 2018

Issue publication date: 22 October 2018




The purpose of this study is to understand the impact of a collaborative workshop, aimed to support teacher educators in embedding a “global outlook” in the curriculum on their perceived professional development.


The workshop included working sessions, during a period of 13 months, and was structured as participatory action research, according to which volunteer academics designed, developed and evaluated global education projects in their course units. Data were gathered through a focus group session, conducted with the teacher educators at a final stage of the workshop, and analyzed according to the principles of thematic analysis.


Results of the analysis suggest that the workshop presented a meaningful opportunity for teacher educators to reconstruct their knowledge and teaching practice to (re)discover the importance of collaborative work and to assume new commitments to themselves and to others.


The study addresses a gap in the existing literature on academic staff development in internationalization of the curriculum, focusing on the perceptions of teacher educators’, whose voices have been largely silent in research in the field. The study concludes with a set of recommendations for a professional development program in internationalization of the curriculum.



The author would like to thank the teacher educators who generously agreed to participate in this study and provide feedback on the data analysis and results. This work was supported by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) under Grant SFRH/BPD/94768/2013, co-funded by the POCH, by the European Social Fund and Portuguese National Funds from the MEC.


Lourenço, M. (2018), "Internationalizing teacher education curricula: opportunities for academic staff development", On the Horizon, Vol. 26 No. 2, pp. 157-169.



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