A Companion to Research in Teacher Education

  • Michael A. Peters
  • Bronwen Cowie
  • Ian Menter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Ian Menter, Michael A. Peters, Bronwen Cowie
    Pages 1-15
  3. Becoming a Teacher: Teacher Education and Professionalism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-22
    2. Donald Gillies
      Pages 23-35
    3. Barbara Kameniar, Larissa McLean Davies, Jefferson Kinsman, Catherine Reid, Debra Tyler, Daniela Acquaro
      Pages 53-67
    4. Margery A. McMahon, Christine Forde, Rosa Murray
      Pages 87-100
  4. Initial Teacher Education

  5. Teacher Education, Partnerships and CollaborationThe first part of this introduction is based on Peters (2014) ‘Education as the Power of Collaboration.’

  6. Global Education Reform and Teacher Education

  7. Teacher Education as a Public Good

  8. Research, Institutional Evaluation and Evidence-Based Research

About this book


This state-of-the-art Companion assembles and assesses the extant research available on teacher education and provides clear guidelines on future directions. It addresses an important need in a collection that will be of value for teachers, teacher educators, policymakers and politicians.

There has been little sustained, long-term or systematic research to provide empirical support for the broad aspects of teacher education policy, largely because such research has been chronically underfunded and based on traditional practitioner knowledge. Many of the changes to teacher education are contentious and yet are occurring in rapid succession. These policies and movements have important consequences for education, teacher quality and the future of the teaching profession.

At the same time, the policies and initiatives that support these changes seem to be based more on ideology, business interests and tradition than on research and empirical findings. The nature, quality and effectiveness of teacher preparation have increasingly become a central focus for education policy worldwide in a fiercely argued debate among governments, think-tanks, world policy agencies, education researchers and teacher organisations. 


Accountability and Teacher Preparation Corporate management of education Critical-emancipatory models Global Education Reform Mentoring of student teachers Partnership arrangements Privatisation of teacher education Reflective practice School Governance Standardization of education Teacher Professional Learning University-led teacher education curriculum convergence inclusive education placement and practicum professional education professional practice knowledge teacher education teacher educators teaching standards

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael A. Peters
    • 1
  • Bronwen Cowie
    • 2
  • Ian Menter
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationUniversity of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand
  3. 3.Department of EducationUniversity of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-4073-3
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-4075-7
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