chapter  12
18 Pages

Searching high and searching low, searching east and searching west: looking for trust in teacher education

ByTony Townsend

This collection of papers, and other reports from many parts of the world, demonstrate that those associated with teacher education, from the policy, research and practice arenas, are currently on a quest, searching for a Holy Grail that provides the balance between having enough teachers and having too many; and ensures that the teachers who graduate from an increasing array of programmes, provided by both public and private providers, and through formal and less formal means, have the skills, attitudes and dispositions to support high levels of student achievement in schools that are becoming increasingly diverse, and with more and more of them facing challenging circumstances (Chapman and Harris 2004; Clarke 2004).