Reform of Initial Teacher Education in Wales: taking an analytical approach to the issues using activity theory.

Barnes, Janine and Waters, Jane (2018) Reform of Initial Teacher Education in Wales: taking an analytical approach to the issues using activity theory. In: Teacher education policy and practice: international perspectives and inspirations. Key concepts (1). Foundation for the Development of the Education System, Warsaw, pp. 148-166. ISBN 978-9949-29-023-9

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This chapter is set within the context of systemic change within a national education system concerned to ensure each and every learner grows ‘as a capable, healthy, well-rounded individual who can thrive in the face of unknown future challenges’ (Donaldson, 2015, p. 5). Wales, as a devolved government within the United Kingdom, is in the early stages of dramatic educational change including radical curriculum reform from 3 – 16 years, an overhaul of assessment and reporting arrangements, and a re-visioning of professional teacher standards, initial preparation and continued professional learning. The chapter explains the national context and locates a specific research project within it; the research project considers the change process inherent in the requirements for new kinds of provision for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) across the country. Using cultural historical activity theory (Engeström, 1996) as the analytical tool, within a socio-cultural theoretical framework, we seek to explore current challenges within the system that will need to be addressed in order to ensure that the change process might be successful in the longer run.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Initial teacher education, reforms, cultural activity theory, partnerships Wales
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Institute of Education and Humanities > Academic Discipline: Teacher Education
Depositing User: Jane Waters
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2018 13:04
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2023 08:29

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