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    Teacher education in Ireland and Western Europe: A comparative analysis.

    Coolahan, John (2008) Teacher education in Ireland and Western Europe: A comparative analysis. Irish Educational Studies, 20 (1). pp. 335-368. ISSN 0332-3315

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    It is not an easy task to provide a succinct overview of key features and trends in pre-service teacher education in Western Europe. Formal teacher education is deeply rooted in most European countries dating from the late eighteenth or early decades of the nineteenth century. Education systems and teacher education have been shaped by the historical, political, economic, cultural, religious and linguistic differences which have characterised the independent nation states of Europe. This has given rise to great diversity and variation of approach in teacher education. Yet, despite the diversity shaped by historical circumstances, there is also a growing commonality in the issues and trends emerging in the different Western European systems. The paper will be primarily concerned with these general trends, while recording the caveat that the generalisation cannot do full justice to the rich tapestry which exists in European teacher education. Limitations of time and space also necessitate concentration on teacher education for the mainstream primary and secondary schools.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: teacher education; Ireland; Western Europe; comparative; comparison; compare; contrast; teachers; teaching;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Education
    Item ID: 9816
    Depositing User: Professor John Coolahan
    Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2018 10:48
    Journal or Publication Title: Irish Educational Studies
    Publisher: Routledge
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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