Language Teacher Education in Nigeria and Knowledge Base in the 21st Century: Models, Challenges and A Proposal
This paper was presented at the Distance Education and Teacher's Training in Africa (DETA) 2007 Conference, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. General studies, pedagogy, instruction, curriculum and subject mastery of teachers are inextricably connected in teacher education. As an agency of ideation and socialization, education of teachers cannot be divorced from the pressing issue of development, sustainability and social change. Teacher preparation programme therefore serves to provide the trainees with adequate societal orientations, values, ethics, attitudes, skills and creativity etc. Potentially, thus, the role of teacher education ranges from initiation to adaptation in both normative and institutional dimensions. This paper is concerned with the issue of models and challenges of language teacher education and knowledge base in a developing country like Nigeria.