The contribution of Teacher education to universities: a case study for international teacher educators

E.C Hoult, Judy Durrant, Richard Holme, Christine Lewis, David Littlefair, Matthew McCloskey-Martinez, Lizana Oberholzer

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This paper reports on the initial stage of a research project which aims to develop deeper understanding of the contribution teacher education, as a sub-discipline within Education, makes to Higher Education in England. The study is located in the intersection between the domains of teacher education and higher education scholarship, which in England represents a contested and ambiguous professional space. Tensions between competing accountability measures, pulling away from university-based to exclusively school-based teacher education, are exacerbated by proposed policy changes arising from the government's recent market review. Findings drawn from analysis of qualitative data from a national survey are discussed in the context of Elizabeth Povinelli's critique of late liberalism and previous scholarship on the nature of teacher educators’ work. Evidence from the study demonstrates numerous benefits to higher education of hosting teacher education departments, including contributions to standard metrics, regional development and knowledge exchange within a strategic social justice agenda. However, teacher educators themselves may find articulating these benefits difficult, because of marginalisation from the dominant ways of achieving and accounting for excellence in the modern university. These findings offer a cautionary tale to international colleagues whose governments may be embarking on equivalent paths of teacher education reform.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalTeachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice
Early online date1 Mar 2024
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2024


  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Education
  • Teacher education
  • preservice teachers
  • higher education
  • university culture
  • England
  • United Kingdom


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