About the book
In our current contexts, diverse, unstable, hyper-connected, and in continuous evolution, teachers need to be constantly equipped with pedagogical competences in their professional development. Situations like we suffer from the pandemic make us consider that the educational process must guarantee the accessible, personalized, and globalized learning of all students.
This book identifies four areas in which present and future challenges have invaded the needs teachers are facing, by showing what kind of competences, skills, and strategies are demanded in each area for teacher education, along with models, supportive actions and resources. From a theoretical and practical perspective, the book aims to offer a reference framework of innovative aims and urges for a 21st-century teacher.
First area focuses the digital environments, which are no longer complementary spaces to the classroom, but rather environments for personalization of the educational actions with new forms of participation, collaboration, access, production, and evaluation of knowledge, where teachers use technologies for a wide range of educational needs and experiences.
The second area presents the suggestive discipline of educational neuroscience, in which not only is needed to debunk some educational myths but to provide teachers with valuable knowledge to apply for effective practices, in key areas such as the effects of emotions, rewards, stimulation or attention, along with the prospective of neurotechnologies in education.
The third area is a recurrent issue in citizenship education since teachers prepare students for and depend on social positive contexts, they have to manage different conflicts, dealing with hate and violent behaviors, requiring models of prevention and promotion of positive and solidary relationships.
Finally, the fourth area aims to gather the multiple diversity issues, from functional to ethnical, to affective, gender, or sexual, by providing teachers with actions to design educational processes based on reducing distances from the difference, able to recognize and avoid exclusion or prejudices of students.
In sum, the book presents a reflective analysis of the pedagogical hubs for a changing world, considering the most fundamental areas of the current contingencies in education.