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Social Justice Education: Transforming Teacher Education in the US and Vietnam
Start Date: 4/25/2018Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 4/25/2018End Time: 1:00 PM

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Drexel University's School of Education, Drexel's Office of International Programs, and the Fulbright Scholar program is proud to host Nguyen Duc Chinh, PhD as our featured speaker for our next Global Education Colloquium.
In the agenda of social justice, educating teachers for equity has emerged as a trend or an approach to teacher preparation. In the US, social justice has been integrated into teacher education programs that aim to prepare teachers to teach in ways that contribute to lessening inequalities both within and beyond the school setting. However, this progressive trend of teacher education has been unexplored in many countries, including Vietnam. As inequalities in education and in the broader society have become a topic of concern in Vietnam, social justice discourses need to be introduced to teacher education in this context. As such, this research study was conducted in order to explore how pre-service teachers of English as a foreign language developed dispositions for social justice by being engaged in local communities. The findings show that engagement in communities helped the cohort of pre-service teachers discover inequalities between families inherent in their attitudes and investment in children’s English learning. Based on the perceived inequalities observed in local communities, the cohort of pre-service teachers developed their dispositions for social justice appropriate to the Vietnamese context. The study offers implications for social justice language teacher education in Vietnam.

Dr Chinh Nguyen is a lecturer of language education in the College of Foreign Language Studies at the University of Danang, Vietnam, earning his MA in TESOL from the University of Queensland and his PhD in education from Monash University, Australia. In the academic year 2017–2018, he is a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. His scholarly interests include second language teacher education, identity in language teaching, sociocultural issues in language education, and social justice in education.
This event will be held on-campus and streamed online at drexel.edu/soe/resources/event-series/gec/May-25-2018-Event.
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Name: Anthony Hopkins
Phone: 215-895-0900
Email: ajh357@drexel.edu
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