The quality of teacher educators in the European policy debate: actions and measures to improve the professionalism of teacher educators

Marco Snoek, Anja Swennen, Marcel van der Klink

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Abstract

This study examines how the contemporary European policy debate addresses the further development of the quality of teacher educators. A classification framework based on the literature on professionalism was used to compare European and Member State policy actions and measures on the quality of teacher educators through an analysis of seven European policy documents and a questionnaire completed by key policy-makers in 16 European countries. The findings show that European Union policy documents pay limited attention to the quality of teacher educators. However, the professionalism of teacher educators receives more policy attention at the level of individual Member States. Most of these policies are part of general policies for higher education teachers, while the initiative lies with governments and teacher education institutes. The role of the professionals themselves in developing policies to strengthen their professionalism seems very limited.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)651-664
JournalProfessional development in education
Volume37
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011

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