Initial teacher education as a driver for professional learning and school improvement in the primary phase

Hurd, Steve; Jones, Marion; McNamara, Olwen and Craig, Barbara (2007). Initial teacher education as a driver for professional learning and school improvement in the primary phase. Curriculum Journal, 18(3) pp. 307–326.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09585170701589942

Abstract

This paper examines the professional learning accruing from school-based Initial Teacher Education (ITE) within the wider policy debate on school performance. It contrasts the very positive perceptions reported by teachers on the contribution of involvement in ITE to their professional learning with the less than fulsome attitude of school inspectors. Evidence is drawn from questionnaire responses from primary school ITE coordinators and mentor-teachers in the North West of England, text searches of primary-school inspection reports and quantitative data collected by Ofsted. It concludes that a more explicit emphasis on initial teacher education in school inspections would give due recognition to the important role played by ITE and make it easier to promote the professional learning and school improvement outcomes which derive from school-based initial teacher education.

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