Trends in Teacher Education
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
Globalisation and Internationalisation of Teacher Education: A Comparative Case Study of Canada and Greater China
This paper begins with a brief overview of the relationship between globalisation and the internationalisation of higher education. This serves as a backdrop for the focus of the article, which is the internationalisation of teacher education. This comparative case study demonstrates how different globalising processes influence various forms of internationalisation. Comparison also sheds light on the importance of attending not only to broader, global processes, but specific, local contextual factors.
Publication Year: 2016 | Updated in ITEC: January 3, 2017
Primary Teacher Education in England: 40 Years On
This paper examines the relationship between pre-service teacher education (ITE) for primary schooling and primary teaching in England between 1974 and 2014. It also explores the ‘fitness of purpose’ of the current system of preparing teachers for the classrooms of the twenty-first century. This historical analysis suggests that, despite 40 years of change in ITE, there are still a number of unresolved issues in ITE.
Publication Year: 2014 | Updated in ITEC: December 7, 2016