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A place for fundamental (British) values in teacher education in Northern Ireland?

McCully, Alan and Clarke, Linda (2016) A place for fundamental (British) values in teacher education in Northern Ireland? Journal of Education for Teaching, 42 (3). pp. 354-368. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02607476.2016.1184465

DOI: 10.1080/02607476.2016.1184465


This paper examines the distinctive locus of teacher education inNorthern Ireland (NI) in respect of Fundamental British Values (FBV).It is written from the perspective of teacher education tutors in aPGCE programme that explicitly subscribes to pursuing the SharedFuture agenda as outlined by NI Government policy in 2005. First, itestablishes the inappropriateness of pursuing an FBV agenda in NIwhere the historical and contemporary context has been characterisedby division expressed through opposing British and Irish identities;and, emerging from conflict where future political progress requiresgreater accommodation between these two often hostile positions.Second, using data from a previous Teaching and Learning ResearchProgramme study (2005) on Values in Teacher Education as anindicator of student teacher social and political attitudes, it draws onlater NI census (2011) and Life and Times Survey data (2005 and 2008)to identify the challenges and opportunities facing teacher educatorswishing to encourage a more nuanced awareness among studentteachers as to how identity issues impact on education. Finally, oneteacher education initiative designed for this purpose is examinedand its approaches offered as a means that Initial Teacher Educationmight contribute to producing teachers better equipped to contributeto a more accommodating society in NI in the future.Introduction

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Identity teacher education Northern Ireland fundamental British values
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:34792
Deposited By: Dr Alan McCully
Deposited On:14 Jun 2016 08:05
Last Modified:26 Oct 2016 14:19

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