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Back to the future: Do lessons from Finland point the way to a return to Model Schools for Northern Ireland?

Moran, Anne and Clarke, Linda (2012) Back to the future: Do lessons from Finland point the way to a return to Model Schools for Northern Ireland? European Journal of Teacher Education, 32 (4). pp. 369-382. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1080/02619768.2012.660142

Abstract

The paper examines the school-based element of initial teacher education (ITE) and the ways in which it contributes to the professional learning of student teachers in Finland (University of Helsinki) and Northern Ireland (University of Ulster). In particular it seeks to assess the potential of Training Schools for Northern Ireland. Universities in Finland that provide teacher education have at least one designated training school in which all student teachers have the opportunity to undertake a practicum. The Finnish model was selected for comparison because of the country’s consistently excellent results in the OECD’s Programmes for International Student Assessment which is undoubtedly due, in part, to the quality of the teachers. Teaching/training schools have featured prominently in recent reviews of teacher education in England and Scotland and, while not specifically mentioned in the Northern Ireland (NI) review document, the overall concept could enrich the school-based element of ITE in NI, using existing collaborative networks of schools.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:22393
Deposited By: Ms Sharon McKee
Deposited On:31 May 2012 12:47
Last Modified:31 May 2012 12:47

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