This chapter examines the similarities and differences in teacher education between Botswana and Lesotho to unravel “best fit” strategies specific to the needs of teacher education in different locals or populations within these two countries. We begin with an overview of the social, political, and economic contexts of each country as a lens by which to understand some of the current challenges teachers face within each country. We review the research literature to understand what teacher preparation looks like at the tertiary level and how teachers in the field maintain current knowledge and pedagogical skills in regard the content they teach. We will argue that when teaching pedagogy at the tertiary level maintains an authoritarian model of teaching with content centered, didactic instruction, and teacher-centered pedagogy there is little ability for national change in education. Likewise, if teacher education does not embed the concept of life-long learning and is not supported by both a national and local commitment to support teacher’s continued professional development the ability to sustain any change in education is thwarted.
Hunter, C. and Molapo, T. (2014), "Current Challenges and Future Trends for Teacher Training in Southern Africa: A Focused Look at Botswana and Lesotho", Annual Review of Comparative and International Education 2014 (International Perspectives on Education and Society, Vol. 25), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 295-328. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-367920140000025018Download as .RIS
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