ERIC Number: ED233006
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Education in Northern Ireland.
Fulton, John F.
An analysis is presented of the current status of changes in teacher training in Northern Ireland. The rapid expansion of schooling during the 1950s and 1960s resulted in an expansion of schools of education. Three of the six teacher education institutions providing courses of initial education and training for teachers are recognized colleges of the Queen's University. The introduction of concurrent undergraduate degree programs in 1968 brought all colleges into closer association with Queen's University, but not quite into the mainstream of higher education. The Lelievre Report (1972) confirmed this association. However, the report miscalculated demographic trends and the demand for new teachers. Subsequently, demand for teachers has fallen markedly, and the resulting contraction in the size of the teacher education system has created major problems. Four issues have emerged and are under study by the government Department of Education: (1) demand for teachers from different types of schools, including voluntarily maintained (Roman Catholic) schools, and controlled (Protestant) schools; (2) possible changes in the system's structure and the relationship among different types of institutions; (3) certification of teachers; and (4) structure and content of teacher education courses. (JD)
Descriptors: Course Content, Curriculum Development, Declining Enrollment, Degrees (Academic), Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Preservice Teacher Education, Schools of Education, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Supply and Demand
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Northern Ireland
Note: Paper presented at the World Assembly of the International Council on Education for Teaching (30th, Washington, DC, July 11-15, 1983).