This article was published in Teaching and Teacher Education, Vol 26, Issue 4, Author(s): Päivi Hökkä, Anneli Eteläpelto, and Helena Rasku-Puttonen, “Recent Tensions and Challenges in Teacher Education as Manifested in Curriculum Discourse“, Pages 845-853, Copyright Elsevier (May 2010).
This study seeks to contribute to discussions on the development of teacher education by analysing teacher educators' talk concerning curriculum reform. The curriculum is understood as a mediating construction between teacher educators and the social context, and the development of the curriculum is seen as a negotiation process between global discourses and local actors.
The authors’ goal was to understand the contrasting discourses used by teacher educators in talking about curriculum development, on the grounds that such discourses frame interpretations that direct the implementation of teacher education as a whole.
Five contrasting interpretative repertoires were found.
The authors illustrate these and discuss what they imply for the development of teacher education.