‘Why am I having to do this?’: The nature and purpose of concurrent courses in Scottish primary teacher education

Hanscomb, S. and Rinaldi, C. (2017) ‘Why am I having to do this?’: The nature and purpose of concurrent courses in Scottish primary teacher education. Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal, 9(1), pp. 124-132.

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In his Report of a Review of Teacher Education in Scotland (2010), Donaldson presents the idea of the ‘twenty-first century teacher’. Central to this is the requirement for an ‘extended professionalism’ in which emphasis is placed on the development of the student teacher’s academic and intellectual qualities. This article aims to analyse the role of concurrent courses (i.e. university courses taken by education students outside of core education subjects) in the development of this extended professionalism. It does so by comparing it with the ‘graduate attributes’ agenda adopted by many universities, and by outlining two dimensions and three possible models of the relationship between concurrent courses and the purposes of teacher education. It is argued that one of these models best fits the word and spirit of the Donaldson Report, but that further research is required to establish how different models of concurrency have been, or might be, received by students and staff on Scottish primary education degrees.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Concurrent teaching, curriculum, Donaldson report, extended professionalism, graduate attributes.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hanscomb, Dr Stuart and Rinaldi, Mr Carlo
Authors: Hanscomb, S., and Rinaldi, C.
Subjects:L Education > LC Special aspects of education
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal
Publisher:University of Cumbria
ISSN (Online):2054-5266
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 University of Cumbria
First Published:First published in Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal 9(1): 124-132
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the Editor

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