Introduction. Development of Teacher Preparation in Scotland

Rachel Shanks*

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This introductory chapter provides an explanation for and overview of this edited collection, including a brief synopsis of the themes which are developed in its chapters. Themes include the contested site of teacher preparation, whether it should take place mainly at university or in schools and whether the emphasis should be on the academic discipline of education or on the practical elements of teaching. A second theme relates to the impact of education policy on teacher preparation; in particular, the devolution of powers from the UK Parliament and Government to the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Executive (now Scottish Government). In this devolved context a new curriculum framework covering those aged 3 to 18 years, called Curriculum for Excellence, was introduced in 2010 and recently a Scottish solution to teacher shortages has been to create online and distance learning routes into teaching. A third recurring theme in the book is the review of all forms of teacher education led by the former Chief Inspector of schools, Graham Donaldson. This review resulted in a seminal report, ‘Teaching Scotland’s Future’, and its fifty recommendations included many related to teacher preparation and induction. This collection also shines a light on some hitherto neglected areas of teacher preparation, including the Episcopalian Teacher Training College and the preparation for English Language teachers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeacher Preparation in Scotland
EditorsRachel Shanks
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-83909-480-4, 978-1-83909-482-8
ISBN (Print) 978-1-83909-481-1
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sept 2020

Publication series

NameEmerald Studies in Teacher Preparation in National and Global Contexts
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited


  • teacher preparation
  • academic discipline
  • education policy
  • Curriculum for Excellence
  • Donaldson Report


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