Gleeson, J., Gleeson, J., Sugrue, C., Sugrue, C. & O'Flaherty, J. (2017). Research capacity and initial teacher education reform: Irish experiences, international perspectives. Teaching and Teacher Education,62 19-29. United Kingdom: Elsevier. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2016.11.001
As globalisation intensifies and economies struggle to address ‘austerity’, educational reform continues unabated. In the case of initial teacher education (ITE) the pendulum swings between practice and research with a growing emphasis on teacher educators' expertise. International ITE discourses provide an important context for recent Irish policy and reforms. Against this backdrop, the findings of a systematic study of the research capabilities and activities of ITE faculty are critically analysed and discussed. The evidence indicates a considerable mismatch between policy intentions and teacher educators' current capacities. Policy implications are identified and discussed and their possible significance for other systems considered.
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