The evolving codification of teachers’ work: policy, politics and the consequences of pursuing quality control in Initial Teacher Education

Knight, Ben (2017) The evolving codification of teachers’ work: policy, politics and the consequences of pursuing quality control in Initial Teacher Education.

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Abstract

This paper documents the evolution of attempts to codify and standardise teachers’ work in England with particular attention to how this phenomenon has impacted the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) sector. In recent decades the teaching profession in the UK has undergone various iterations of competency criteria, culminating with the current policy, the Teachers’ Standards (TS) (DfE, 2011). Discussion focuses largely on the most rapid period in the evolution of competency-based approaches from 1997 to the present, analysing aspects of the political landscape which have precipitated this rise. Two key themes evident in, and precipitated by, the Teachers’ Standards policy initiative are discussed: i) the political necessity for a reductionist view of teaching and learning and ii), the centrality of the teacher. It concludes by imagining how, taking these themes into account, the policy could evolve to become more useful to both teachers and pupils.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: 370 Education & educational psychology (incl. teacher training & research), 371 Schools & their activities (incl. special education, teaching methods & study skills)
Members: University of Cumbria
Depositing User: ULCC Admin
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2017 04:23
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2017 04:23
URI: http://collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/14995

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