Professor Supriya Baily, George Maison University and President Elect of CIES
"Using comparative and teacher education to counter extremist ideologies in troubled times – a vision for the future"
Amidst rising political and social tensions, and in the wake of growing extremist ideologies in multiple places around the world, there is a role for both comparative educators and teacher educators, to have an influential role to challenge these notions. This talk will trace the ways in which comparativists and teacher educators have historically addressed these issues, oftentimes in siloes. Yet, an argument can be made for the importance of these two groups, especially to work in a more collaborative fashion to take on these challenges. What are the systemic reasons the expertise of these two groups have not worked together? How do issues of conformity and compliance in education limit the ways in which comparativists can have a role to play with teacher education? What are the ways forward and how can we work across disciplines to work to change the tides of ideological rigidity?