Chapter 2. Teacher education for autonomy [chapter]

Enhancing Autonomy in Language Education  
In this chapter, we argue that if teacher education is to have a truly transformative effect upon modern language pedagogy in schools, it needs to take into account that equipping (prospective) teachers with specialist and pedagogical knowledge and a number of techniques is not enough. Teacher education further needs to find powerful strategies to encourage the development of critical competences and help teachers develop the dispositions and abilities necessary for the implementation of
more » ... mentation of pedagogy for autonomy, often in adverse settings. We contend that the use of cases can promote reflective teacher development and foster pedagogy for autonomy, which will become more evident in the following chapters. 4 A concept central to mediation is the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD), a concept put forth by Vygotsky (1978), who suggested that learning activities should provide adequate challenges to the learner. Learning and development, in addition to individual cognitive development, come about as a result of teaching and learning in the ZPD.
doi:10.1515/9781614511359-004 fatcat:pqrk3noqsnddtc6nx7cwauxewy