Dr Elaine Wilson is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge where she teaches on the secondary PGCE course, runs a blended learning Masters programme for new teachers and supervises doctoral students. She has developed and implemented a whole country teacher education reform programme in Kazakhstan working with the Centre of Excellence based in Astana.
Recent relevant publications include: ‘Supporting research-informed teacher education in a changing policy environment’ in Learning to Teach Part 2 (HEA 2013), and ‘Building social capital in teacher education through university–school partnership’ in M. Evans, (Ed) (2012) Teacher Education and Pedagogy: theory, policy and practice. Cambridge University Press.
University-based teacher education has been under attack since the coalition government came to power in 2010. The arguments for reforms and calls for more school based education programmes are not supported by empirical evidence. It could be argued that implementation of the policy has been partisan and has resulted in a regression in teacher education standards. The presentation will argue that university-based education ought to play a key role in teacher education in England as it does in the rest of the UK. Justification for this stance will draw on empirical evidence based on the long established University of Cambridge –school partnership founded by the late Professor Donald McIntyre in the mid 1980s.
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