1st Edition

Being a Teacher Educator Research-Informed Methods for Improving Practice

Edited By Anja Swennen, Elizabeth White Copyright 2021
    200 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    200 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This collection offers a timely and wide-ranging contribution to the research-informed improvement of the work of teacher educators. Drawing on original research studies conducted across a range of European countries, Canada, and Israel, contributors offer insight into not only questions of curriculum and programme development, research, and professional development, but also their day-to-day experience as teacher educators, student teachers, and mentors in schools.

    Themes explored include teaching and working with students, teacher educators as researchers, the partnership work of teacher educators, the professional development needs of teacher educators, professional development approaches for improving teacher education, and teacher educator empowerment.

    Arising from the international community of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe (ATEE), and drawing together theory and practice, this book offers a unique survey of the contributions of teacher educators and charts a path for future directions of the field.


    Jean Murray

    1. Introduction
    2. Elizabeth White

      Anja Swennen

    3. Being a Reflective Teacher Educator: Professionalism or Pipe-dream?
    4. Paul Holdsworth

    5. Understanding the Reflective Process through Self-study: a Teacher Educator’s Journey towards Continuous Professional Development.
    6. Karl Attard

    7. Developing as Teacher Educators: Lessons Learned from Student Voices during Practice and Research.
    8. Tom Russell and Maria Assunção Flores

    9. Teacher Educator Collaboration and a Pedagogy of Teacher Education: Practice Architectures, Professional Learning, Praxis and Production
    10. David Powell

    11. ‘Are We Doing the Right Thing?’ Challenges Teacher Educators Face When Taking the Risk of Opening Up Possibilities for Student Teachers
    12. Monique Leijgraaf

    13. Old Learning, New Learning: Teacher Educators as Enquiring Professionals
    14. Mhairi Beaton

    15. A Professional Social Network as a Platform for Teacher Educators’ Professional Development
    16. Tami Seifert and Smadar Bar Tal

    17. International Semi-collaborative Research Initiative: a Critical Reflection of the Research Process
    18. Leah Shagrir

    19. Learning from Stories about the Practice of Teacher Educators in Partnerships between Schools and Higher Education Institutions
    20. Elizabeth White, Miranda Timmermans and Claire Dickerson

    21. Teacher Educator as Researcher: Striving towards a greater visibility for Teacher Education
    22. Ann MacPhail

    23. Brave Research as a Means to Transform Teacher Education
    24. Anja Swennen and David Powell

    25. Epilogue: What We Have Learned and Next Steps in Developing the Profession of Teacher Educators


    Anja Swennen has retired from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where she was a teacher educator and researcher. She is currently co-editor of the European Journal of Teacher Education.

    Elizabeth White is Principal Lecturer at the Centre for Research in Professional and Work-Related Learning, University of Hertfordshire, UK.