Teachers are the most important single element of the education
system but what does it take to create high quality teachers in
today s world?
Around the world, countries are struggling to understand how to
change their schools to meet global demands. International
comparisons have shown that schools in Finland lead the league
tables, but why is this, what new policies and practices in teacher
education have they developed and how do they support the changes?
A number of European and Asian countries also top the list when it
comes to providing high quality teacher education, but there is
little information about what and how they are doing the work and
how they have made changes.
The leading international contributors to this book describe the
systemic policies and practices of teacher education in eight
high-achieving countries and how they are dealing with teacher
quality, equity, and the changing global society. Among the
countries that are doing well Finland, Singapore, the Netherlands,
the UK, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia and the USA there is an
interesting diversity of policies and practices that support their
changes in education, including:
- emphasis on the preparation, induction, support and assessment
of new teachers
- focus on teacher retention, teachers professional knowledge and
continuing professional development
- curriculum change and critical policies.
In addition the chapters highlight the local cultural
imperatives that influence and shape the preparation of quality
teachers and make change both possible and problematic.
Teacher Education Around the World examines what can be learned
from the different countries, what policies and practices seem
transferable; and which seem embedded in the particulars of the
culture of the country. It describe themes that cut across all the
countries, documenting not only what they are, but how the
countries go about supporting and sustaining changes in teacher
education. This book will prove itself an absolute essential for
all those involved in teacher education, teaching and educational
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