Teacher education in the United Kingdom post devolution: convergences and divergences

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Beauchamp, Gary, Clarke, Linda, Hulme, Moira and Murray, J. 2015. Teacher education in the United Kingdom post devolution: convergences and divergences. Oxford Review of Education. 41 (2), pp. 154-170.
AuthorsBeauchamp, Gary, Clarke, Linda, Hulme, Moira and Murray, J.
Abstract

This paper examines the roles of research in teacher education across the four nations of the United Kingdom. Both devolution and on-going reviews of teacher education are facilitating a greater degree of cross-national divergence. England is becoming a distinct outlier, in which the locus for teacher education is moving increasingly away from Higher Education Institutions and towards an ever-growing number of school-based providers. While the idea of teaching as a research-based profession is increasingly evident in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, it seems that England, at least in respect of the political rhetoric, recent reforms and explicit definitions, is fixed on a contrastingly divergent trajectory towards the idea of teaching as a craft-based occupation, with a concomitant emphasis on a (re)turn to the practical. It is recommended that research is urgently needed to plot these divergences and to examine their consequences for teacher education, educational research and professionalism.

JournalOxford Review of Education
Journal citation41 (2), pp. 154-170
ISSN1465-3915
0305-4985
Year2015
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
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CC BY
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2015.1017403
Publication dates
Print06 Mar 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited02 Jun 2015
Accepted06 Mar 2015
Copyright information© 2015 Taylor & Francis This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Oxford Review of Education on 06.03.15, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03054985.2015.1017403
Additional information

A longer version of this article was developed as a background paper for the 2013 BERA/RSA Inquiry on the contribution of research in teacher education and school improvement, and can be found in the BERA website.

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