JoLIE 6/2013

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Grigore-Dan Iordăchescu

University of Pitești, Romania






The aim of this paper is to investigate the preconceptions of teacher trainees with respect to the teaching profession, the teachers’ role and place in society and school, as well as their importance in the life of the pupils. An overview of the traditional pre-conceived ideas of the Romanian society about school and teachers will be made, as well as an inventory of metaphors/idioms/ used in the educational discourse across all domains of public and private life in Romania. This insight into this cultural/intercultural programming of the teacher trainees’ mind can help teachers involved in the teacher education programmes offered by Romanian universities contribute to unleashing pernicious prejudices which stay in the way of education achieving fully-realised individuals and better citizens. Despite the fact that there is no course in intercultural education on the teacher education programme curriculum, university professors can and have to contribute to the trainees’ repositioning towards the role and place of the educator in the Romanian society.


Key words: Teacher trainees; Educational preconceptions; Educational values and beliefs, Collective thought; Discrimination in education.





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How to cite this articleIordăchescu, G. D. (2013). Teacher trainees’ preconceptions of intercultural education in the Romanian educational landscape. Journal of Linguistic and Intercultural Education – JoLIE, 6, 117126. DOI:



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