Minister Farry’s case for transforming Initial Teacher Education in Northern Ireland is based on (i) professor Pasi Sahlberg’s “Aspiring to Excellence” report and (ii) the extent to which the “premia” paid to Stanmillis and St Mary’s University Colleges represent value for money.
The argument I’m about to make does not involve selective use of the data published in the Sahlberg report. I draw my conclusions based onall the data presented in the report. That data supports a conclusion which is, in effect, the opposite of that published in the report. The logic of the data is that the Minister should reject the Sahlberg findings and restore the premia.
Sahberg favours a model of teacher education which is research-intensive and informed by sharing/integration and suggests options for realizing this approach. The central conclusions of the Sahlberg report are based on data derived from the PISA league tables. But the…
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