Eight priorities for teacher educators

Improving Teaching

Teacher educators – those who train, support and develop new and existing teachers – play an important role, but they often have to learn on the job, receiving limited training and support themselves.  This post is the first in a series discussing a potential course for teacher educators: it sets out eight priorities for teacher educators.


Improving teacher education is one way to approach improving teaching and to increase young people’s life chances.  Effective teacher education has proved elusive: “the right kinds of CPD can produce big benefits for learners… most of the CPD undertaken by teachers is not of this kind (Coe, 2013).”  The vast majority of teacher educators in one recent survey (in the US) fell into their work by “happenstance” and received no formal training (Lin Goodwin et al., 2014).  Although “Commonsense reasoning tells us that quality teacher education relies on quality teacher educators… there is minimal attention to what teacher educators…

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