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ERIC Number: EJ721239
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-1
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0260-7476
The Commercialisation of Teacher Education: Teacher Education in the Marketplace
Gilroy, Peter
Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, v31 n4 p275-277 Nov 2005
This article discusses the three "Rs" of teacher education in the twenty-first century: recruit, retain, and re-train teachers. The author argues that, as with other "caring" professions, such as nursing and social work, the marketisation of the professions will impact to such an extent that all three "Rs" will be under pressure. He believes it will prove increasingly difficult to attract graduates into the profession, given the combination of relatively low pay, the prohibitive cost of housing and the high student debts that will be incurred (the more so once the break is taken off the full market costs of undergraduate provision being linked to student fees). An indication of the growing problems with recruitment could be seen in the first years of the century with a new focus on re-training classroom assistants coupled to the drive to attract mature recruits from industry with an appeal to their sense of vocation. Retaining teachers after their third or fourth year will prove impossible, as the skills they had gained were at a premium in the commercial world. And as for re-training teachers--there is little or no motivation for teachers to sign up to courses that are expensive in both time and money. (Contains 1 Endnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)