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ERIC Number: EJ997711
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 86
ISSN: ISSN-0332-3315
A Rising Tide Meets a Perfect Storm: New Accountabilities in Teaching and Teacher Education in Ireland
Conway, Paul F.; Murphy, Rosaleen
Irish Educational Studies, v32 n1 p11-36 2013
This paper examines the emergence of new accountabilities in teaching and teacher education in Ireland in the 15 years period 1997-2012. Framing accountability in terms of the three main approaches to it globally in education systems, that is, compliance with regulations, adherence to professional norms and attainment of results/outcomes, we identify significant changes, particularly, in compliance- and results-driven accountability. A "rising tide" of accountability, due to the interrelated influences of the European higher education space, education legislation and professional self-regulation policies (i.e. Teaching Council), is evident since the late 1990s. This was punctuated by a "perfect storm" in 2010 comprising "bad news" from PISA 2009, the economic bailout and strategic leadership at a system level. The cumulative impact of the "rising tide" and "perfect storm" is evident in how they reframed both "to whom" and "for what" accountability in teacher education relates. Significantly, the new accountabilities in teaching and teacher education reflect a move towards the dominant global education reform movement (Sahlberg 2007) with its emphasis on standardisation, narrow focus on literacy and numeracy and higher stakes accountability. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment