chapter  19
The democratization of teacher education Lynn Davies
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Within a context of worldwide moves towards democratization of political systems would go a parallel concern about democracy in education. Political and economic democracy are seen as central to development or transformation (Leftwich, 1996; Mehbrahtu, Crossley and Johnson, 2000), even if there is contestation between or within countries about definitions of democracy and about the types of participation, representation, decentralization or equity seen as viable (Davies, 1999). This chapter examines firstly the extent of democracy in teacher education in a range of countries, and secondly the possible dimensions of a democratic teacher education institution and system. It moves on to consider the processes through which teacher education institutions can democratize; this highlights some contradictions in control and implementation, and uses experience in the Gambia as an example.