chapter  4
Teacher Education as a Process of Developing Teacher Knowledge
ByJeff Northfield, Richard Gunstone
Pages 9

There are at least two fundamental purposes for teacher education. Firstly it must be concerned with assisting teachers to learn and apply important ideas about teaching and learning. Secondly, teacher education must be presented in ways that achieve some balance between the existing context and role of teaching and the possibilities for improving teaching and learning. As well as preparing teachers for schools and existing curriculum demands there is an expectation that teacher education will encourage a critical perspective on schooling.