Searching high and searching low, searching east and searching west: Looking for trust in teacher education
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This paper considers what has been learned from reviewing the full set of papers in this special issue. It considers some of the major factors that have impacted on education and subsequently teacher education in recent times, namely rapid technological change and increasing globalisation and movement from one country to others, and then focuses on how standards, for schools, for the people in them and for teacher education, have been used to drive improvement in many parts of the world. Key issues that have emerged from this special issue are, first, whether teaching is a craft or a profession, which has implications on how teacher educators view themselves, as practitioners or researchers. Second, what is notable in a number of countries in this issue is the lack of trust being shown by politicians and communities to both teachers and teacher educators. This concluding paper considers why this is so and how it might be changed.
Journal of Education for Teaching
© 2011 Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Education for Teaching, Vol. 37(4), 2011, pp. 483-499. Journal of Education for Teaching is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com with the open URL of your article.
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