Teaching has been described as a hazardous profession and teacher educators are faced with a challenging task in preparing teachers for the future. Human rights are high on the international agenda but also have direct implications for teachers and students in the classroom. Originally published in 1996, this book brings together teacher education and human rights to examine how we might best educate children and young people for citizenship. Drawing on case studies from the UK, Europe and internationally, the authors provide practical suggestions for ways in which teachers can increase young people’s awareness of the importance of securing their rights and those of others in the community. Looking particularly at how teachers might challenge injustice, racism and xenophobia, they examine human rights as a basis for educational policies and discuss how international human rights instruments can be incorporated into the teacher education curriculum.
The book will benefit teacher trainers, teachers and education policy makers concerned with race, gender and special needs: undergraduate and postgraduate student teachers and educational researchers.