The Struggle for Teacher Education

International Perspectives on Governance and Reforms

Tom Are Trippestad (Redaktør) ; Anja Swennen (Redaktør) ; Tobias Werler (Redaktør)

The Struggle for Teacher Education

Reform of teacher education is en vogue worldwide today due to the widespread belief that teacher education has the power to change traditional modes of schooling, educating new teachers who will be capable of improving the knowledge standard of children and boost the economic power of nations. Les mer
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The Struggle for Teacher Education

Reform of teacher education is en vogue worldwide today due to the widespread belief that teacher education has the power to change traditional modes of schooling, educating new teachers who will be capable of improving the knowledge standard of children and boost the economic power of nations. The Struggle for Teacher Education brings together conceptual, comparative and empirical studies from Australia, England, Finland, The Netherlands, Norway, South Africa and South America to explore the ways in which professional education has been positioned in a reactive mode. The contributors discuss how teacher education is a contested division in higher education and look at how current reform efforts may limit the potential and work of teacher education, highlighting why this point needs more attention. Moreover, the collection reveals how teacher education's authorship on teacher professionalism may be weakened or strengthened by current reform drives and offers alternative models on how to rethink reforming teacher education.

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Notes on the Contributors
Series Editors' Foreword

The Struggle for Teacher Education, Tom Are Trippestad (Bergen University College, Norway), Anja Swennen (VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and Tobias Werler (Bergen University College, Norway)
1. The Visionary Position: Critical Factors of Utopian Social Engineering in Education Reforms, Tom Are Trippestad (Bergen University College, Norway)
2. Challenging Policy, Rethinking Practice: Struggling for the Soul of Teacher Education, Bill Green (Charles Sturt University, Australia), Jo-Anne Reid (Charles Sturt University, Australia) and Marie Brennan (Education at Victoria University, Australia)
3. Reforming Teacher Education in England: Locating the 'Policy' Problem, Meg Maguire (King's College London, UK) and Rosalyn George (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK)
4. Comparing Secondary Initial Teacher Education in England and Finland: Learning Together, Paul Richard Dickinson (Leeds Trinity University, UK) and Jaana Ilona Silvennoinen (University of Helsinki, Finland)
5. Teacher Education in South Africa: Teacher Educators Working for Social Justice, Maureen Robinson (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)
6. Teacher education in the Netherlands: Teacher Educators' Struggles over Monopoly and Autonomy 1990-2010, Anja Swennen (VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and Monique Volman (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
7. Learning Sciences: Reconfiguring Authority in Teacher Education, Tobias Werler (Bergen University College, Norway)
8. Teacher Education in South America: A Problem or a Solution? Beatrice Avalos (University of Chile, Chile)
9. Teacher Education in England: Professional Preparation in Times of Change:, K Jacek Brant (Institute of Education, University College London, UK) and Katharine Vincent (Institute of Education, University College London, UK)
10. Reform as a State of Exception, Tom Are Trippestad (Bergen University College, Norway), Anja Swennen (VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and Tobias Werler (Bergen University College, Norway)

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Presents critical research on the challenges of reforming teacher education from a range of theoretical perspectives and empirical studies in an international perspective.

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