Trends in Teacher Education
The Struggle for the Soul of Teaching and Teacher Education in the USA
This article discusses changes over the last 40 years in teacher education in the USA. These changes have resulted in two very
different strategies for improving the preparation of teachers and in substantial inequities in the distribution of the teaching force.
Publication Year: 2014 | Updated in ITEC: February 27, 2017
Retaining Public and Political Trust: Teacher Education in Scotland
The present article traces the key periods, players and events which have contributed to the shaping of the current landscape of teacher education in Scotland. The authors examine ebb and flow amongst General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), government, colleges of education and universities. The authors conclude that the rate of change in Scotland is often glacial, with two major factors contributing to that, the conservatism of the teacher unions and indirectly of the GTCS on which these unions have a majority. However, Scotland is now committed to a career-long process of professional learning with periodic review of individual teacher progress and is moving towards a profession which is qualified to postgraduate Master’s level. In all of this, the teacher education faculties in universities play a part, in partnership with schools and local authorities.
Publication Year: 2014 | Updated in ITEC: January 25, 2017