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Quality Assurance and Teacher Education

International Challenges and Expectations

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Judith Harford, Brian Hudson and Hannele Niemi

Ensuring quality in and through teaching and learning has become a fundamental global concern. Emanating from a colloquium on Quality Assurance and Teacher Education hosted by University College Dublin in 2010 and funded by the European Educational Research Association, this book interrogates how quality cultures can be fostered in the field of education. The volume brings together a series of background and case study chapters from leading scholars in the field of teacher education internationally.

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Acknowledgements vii Hannele Niemi, Judith Harford and Brian Hudson Introduction: From Quality Assurance to Quality Culture 1 Part One 13 Sheelagh Drudy Professionalism, Performativity and Care: Whither Teacher Education for a Gendered Profession in Europe? 15 Kay Livingston Quality in Teachers’ Professional Career-Long Development 35 Hannele Niemi and Stephen Kemmis Communicative Evaluation for Improvement in Education 53 Part Two 83 BjÖrn Åstrand Contemporary Challenges for Quality Assurance in Teacher Education: The Swedish Example – Do Central Inspections Impede Local Quality Cultures? 85 vi Sylvia Chong and Pauline Ho A Systems Approach to Teacher Quality in Singapore 115 Linda Darling-Hammond Quality Assurance in Teacher Education: An American Perspective 131 Hannele Niemi and Jari Lavonen Evaluation for Improvements in Finnish Teacher Education 159 Janja Komljenovič and Pavel Zgaga Quality Assurance in Slovenian Teacher Education: Between National Regulation and Internationalization 187 John Coolahan Quality Assurance in Teacher Education in Ireland within an International Context 203 Judith Harford and Gerry MacRuairc Shifting Models of School Evaluation in the Republic of Ireland 215 Brian Hudson and Teresa Moran Quality Assurance Systems and Teacher Education Reform for the Twenty-First Century in Scotland 227 Notes on Contributors 255 Index 263

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