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The present article traces the key periods, players and events which have contributed to the shaping of the current landscape of teacher education in Scotland. The authors examine ebb and flow amongst General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), government, colleges of education and universities. The authors conclude that the rate of change in Scotland is often glacial, with two major factors contributing to that, the conservatism of the teacher unions and indirectly of the GTCS on which these unions have a majority. However, Scotland is now committed to a career-long process of professional learning with periodic review of individual teacher progress and is moving towards a profession which is qualified to postgraduate Master’s level. In all of this, the teacher education faculties in universities play a part, in partnership with schools and local authorities.
Updated: Jan. 18, 2017
This article draws on the Scottish experience of undertaking research as part of the reforming process of an undergraduate program in initial teacher education. The article examines the tripartite tensions created by differing perspectives and rationales with respect to teacher education: policy, research and practice. The authors' experiences and reflections lead them to some conclusions about the nature of research-based practice in a policy-driven initiative.
Updated: May. 26, 2011
Scallops, Schools and Scholars: Reflections on the Emergence of A Research-Oriented Learning Project
This paper is based on the emergence of a small research group and its journey to enhance scholarly activity within a new school of education. The group explored a research-orientated learning project to determine what makes a beneficial school experience. Narrative enquiry and hermeneutic analysis were used to develop descriptions and interpretations of the phenomenon from the perspective of the participants. The analysis is presented and discussed to help understand the processes that contribute favorably to research capacity building in an academic institution.
Updated: Nov. 11, 2009