ERIC Number: EJ719250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Reference Count: 48
New Labour and Teacher Education: The End of an Era
Oxford Review of Education, v31 n1 p119-134 Mar 2005
This paper traces the development of teacher education policy during the first two terms of the New Labour government. It argues that there is substantial evidence to support the claim that during their two terms of office, New Labour forged a policy on teacher education that was distinctively different from the Conservative administrations that preceded them. Like the Conservatives, they have seen the maintenance of a competitive market as essential for the governance of the system. But beyond that, they have significantly moved away from a concern with individual professional formation; individual professional formation has been seen as far less critical than it was, especially at the level of initial training. In the lives of young teachers, the state now provides far greater direct guidance than ever before in the definition of effective teaching, learning and assessment in both primary and secondary schools. And at more senior levels, opportunities for extended professional development are increasingly focused on and achieved through the school as an institution. Teacher education itself is no longer seen as a key site for the "re-formation" of professionalism. As a result, teacher education is no longer accorded the key political significance that it had under the Conservatives. In this sense, New Labour policies mark "the end of an era".
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Political Attitudes, Professional Development, Educational Change, Change Agents
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Primary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom