Teacher education in the Netherlands: balancing between autonomous institutions and a steering government

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Abstract

The first part of this paper will start with an introduction of the general context of the education system in The Netherlands. This is followed by a presentation of the general characteristics of the teacher education system, of the balance between school autonomy and government control, and of the general policies concerning teacher quality. The second part will give an elaboration of the system of teacher education by introducing five major developments that have shaped teacher education in the past twenty years, and by giving a more detailed description of each type of teacher education. In the third part, I reflect on the role of the government in steering innovations and quality improvement in the area of teacher education
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean dimensions of teacher education
Subtitle of host publicationsimilarities and differences
EditorsMilena Valenčič Zuljan, Janez Vogrinc
Place of PublicationLjubljana & Kranj
PublisherFaculty of Education, University of Ljubljana ; The National School of Leadership in Education
Pages53-83
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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