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. Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal (TEAN), 9 (1). pp. 4-13.

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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
Journal or Publication Title: Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal (TEAN)
Publisher: Unipress
ISSN: 2054-5266
Departments: Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Institute of Education > Initial Teacher Education
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2017 12:04
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2017 05:28
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2610

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