The Future of Teacher Education: Evidence, Competence or Wisdom?

  • Gert BiestaEmail author


In recent years policymakers and politicians in many countries have become increasingly interested in teacher education. In most cases, however, the interest in teacher education is not informed by a desire to enhance the professionalism of teachers but rather is part of ongoing attempts to control the educational 'enterprise.' In this chapter I analyse these developments, particularly with regard to a focus on the alleged need for 'evidence' to form the basis for teaching or the idea that teaching can be adequalty captured in terms of competences. Against these tendencies I argue for the important role teacher judgement plays in education, make clear why such judgement is needed, and what this would require for teacher education.


Teacher Education Teacher Student Lifelong Learning Educational Practice Practical Wisdom 
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This text is based on my keynote presentation at the “2020 The Future of Teacher Education” conference, Vienna, 3–4 March 2011. I would like to thank the organisers of the conference for the invitation to share my ideas, and the audience for questions and insightful feedback that has helped me to develop my ideas further. A version of the presentation was published in 2012 in the open access journal Research on Steiner Education 3(1), 8–21.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Brunel UniversityUxbridgeEngland, UK

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