Transforming Teacher Education, An Activity Theory Analysis

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Jul. 01, 2013

Source: Journal of Education for Teaching, Volume 39, Issue 3, 2013, pages 281-300

This article explores the work of teacher education in England and Scotland. It seeks to locate this work within conflicting sociocultural views of professional practice and academic work.

Drawing on an activity theory framework that integrates the analysis of these seemingly contradictory discourses with a study of teacher educators’ practical activities, including the material artefacts that mediate the work, the article offers a critical perspective on the social organisation of university-based teacher education.

Informed by Engeström’s activity theory’s concept of transformation, the article extends the discussion of contradictions in teacher education to consider the wider sociocultural relations of the work. The findings raise important questions about the way in which teacher education work within universities is organised and the division of labour between schools and universities.

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