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Sim, W. K. (1991, November). Contemporary research on teacher education: Review, real, view, rear view and re-view. Paper presented at the Regional Seminar on Teacher Education: The Challenges in the 21st Century, Penang, Malaysia.
A brief review of contemporary research in teacher education is attempted initially in the broader international context, followed by reviews in the narrower regional and national contexts. Besides attempting to identify
similarities and differences, several major trends are also discerned.

Zeroing in on experiences in Singapore, some observations and commentaries are made concerning the gap between ideals and realities. This gap has in fact been widened as a result of recent changes in. the Singapore teacher education scene.

With the benefit of hindsight, some speculations are made on what should have been the teacher education research agenda for Singapore. Modifications to the RITE (Research In Teacher Education) strategies are currently being conceived.

Finally, the paper takes another look at a recent synthesis of the SEARRAG (South-East Asian Research, Review and Advisory Group) state-of-the-art reviews of teacher education research in five ASEAN countries. Implications for regional collaboration in teacher education research are then suggested.
This paper was presented at the Regional Seminar on Teacher Education: The Challenges in the 21st Century, held in Penang, Malaysia from 18 - 20 Nov 1991
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