A new reform in teacher education? A historical perspective on recent developments in teacher education in Germany – the case of North Rhine-Westphalia

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von Bargen, Imke 2014. A new reform in teacher education? A historical perspective on recent developments in teacher education in Germany – the case of North Rhine-Westphalia. Research in Teacher Education. 4 (2), pp. 5-10. https://doi.org/10.15123/uel.85816
Authorsvon Bargen, Imke
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The relationship between universities, teacher educators and schools, as well as between theory and practical elements, has always been a central concern in teacher training worldwide. In German teacher education the lack of practical classroom experience for students during their studies has been continually criticised. A new reform in North Rhine-Westphalia implemented in 2009 has tried to create a closer link between universities and schools by introducing longer practical elements at university level. These elements are labelled as ‘innovative’ and ‘new’, even though similar reforms were trialled in Lower Saxony 40 years ago. This article discusses the main ideas behind the reforms by taking a historical perspective on teacher education and examining the challenges and opportunities accompanying this development. With the new structure the role of universities, centres for teacher education and schools is profoundly changed, meaning a stronger collaboration and a new range of responsibilities for each of them.

JournalResearch in Teacher Education
Research in Teacher Education
Journal citation4 (2), pp. 5-10
ISSN2047-3818
2046-1240
Year2014
PublisherUniversity of East London, Cass School of Education and Communities
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.15123/uel.85816
Web address (URL)http://www.uel.ac.uk/rite/
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