Catholic teacher formation in Scotland

Coll, R. and Reilly, S. (2022) Catholic teacher formation in Scotland. In: Franchi, L. and Rymarz, R. (eds.) Formation of Teachers for Catholic Schools: Challenges and Opportunities in a New Era. Series: Catholic Education Globally: Challenges and Opportunities. Springer, pp. 27-41. ISBN 9789811947261 (doi: 10.1007/978-981-19-4727-8_3)

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Catholic Teacher Education in Scotland contributes to an internationally recognised and acclaimed national education system, in one of the few countries in the world where denominational education is fully supported and funded by the state. The Catholic Teacher Education mission is located within the School of Education of one of Scotland’s ancient universities, which accepts the responsibility as ‘sole provider’ of teachers for Scottish Catholic schools despite the university’s secular character. This chapter explores the tensions and mutual benefits inherent in such a partnership between Church and university. It charts the opportunities arising from the national policy shift towards teaching as a Masters-level profession and the scope for intercultural dialogue amongst Catholic students and their peers. It also appraises the challenges to the ongoing Catholic identity of teacher education, the maintenance of a critical mass of committed and highly qualified Catholic teachers and the strategy required to inspire the next generation of Catholic teacher educators who will carry forward the mission.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Coll, Professor Roisin and Reilly, Father Stephen
Authors: Coll, R., and Reilly, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Pedagogy, Praxis & Faith
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