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The current article provides an overview of the background and the processes at play in the current reshaping of teacher education in Scotland. The authors reviewed policy documents and reports regarding the teacher education system in Scotland. The article starts with the developments emanating in the past decade from the McCrone Report and finishes with the recent Donaldson Report. The article concludes that the teacher education system in Scotland has been strongly influenced by needing to connect with the two dominant existing policies relating, respectively, to teachers’ work and conditions and to curriculum reform.
Updated: Nov. 05, 2013
This article has explored how cultural, social and institutional factors impact on the working lives and identities of teacher educators in Scotland. The author found that four groups constitute the bulk of the academic staff populating the departments and schools of education in Scotland. These four distinctive groups include former college staff, longstanding university staff, newly appointed university staff, and temporary university staff. For each group, there is a range of factors that will have shaped their professional identity as well as a number of choices or decisions they have made that will also play a significant part.
Updated: Feb. 12, 2013
This article examines the context for education research, including teacher education research, in Scotland. Concerns about research capacity are shared with other parts of the UK. In conclusion, the article suggests that a key element of effective capacity building lies in collaborative approaches.
Updated: Nov. 09, 2009
The need for capacity-building in teacher education in the UK has been raised as a serious issue by a number of commentators. This paper provides an analytical account of an initiative conducted by the Teacher Education Group (TEG) to build research capacity in teacher education. With reference to a review of the national contexts for research in the UK and research on teacher educators, the article argues that, in order to build research capacity initiatives we need to provide motivation and new types of networking opportunities for researchers, as well as developing their expertise.
Updated: Oct. 18, 2009
This article investigates the extent to which political devolution has influenced the nature of education policy-making in Scotland. The article uses initial teacher education and early professional development as a case. The processes of change in Scotland appear to have been less radical and at a slower pace than in England; however, they have been achieved through a more consensual process and so in the long term are likely to be more embedded than those in England.
Updated: Feb. 12, 2009