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Teacher Education Policy and Practice in Europe

Challenges and Opportunities for the Future, 1st Edition

Edited by Ana Raquel Simões, Mónica Lourenço, Nilza Costa


184 pages

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Teacher Education Policy and Practice in Europe provides a critical overview of the current challenges facing teacher education policy and practice in Europe. Drawing on a wide range of contributions, the book demonstrates that in order for teachers to reassume their role as agents of change, it is crucial to create a vision of a future European teacher and promote active engagement in preparing children to live and act in a multicultural and increasingly changing world.

The book suggests ways in which teachers could be prepared to meet and overcome the struggles they will encounter in the classroom, including recommendations for teacher education, which open up new possibilities for policy, practice and research. Considering their own experiences as teachers, contributors also cover topics such as teacher education for the 21st century, the profile of the European teacher, citizenship and identity, social inclusion, linguistic and cultural diversity, and comparative education.

Teacher Education Policy and Practice in Europe is essential reading for academics, researchers and postgraduate students engaged in the study of teacher education, educational policy and educational theory. It should also be of great interest to research-active teacher educators and practising teachers.


"This book is very timely and makes a significant contribution to the field of teacher education policy and practice in Europe. It is framed by the concept of the ‘European teacher’ (Schratz, 2010) and is ambitious in its intention to challenge the nationalist tradition that is present to a greater or lesser extent in all education systems across Europe. Ideas of European identity, professionalism and citizenship are central to the vision presented by the contributors to this book. Significant questions are raised about the very purposes of education itself, as well as about the role of teacher education, at a time rising tensions across Europe associated with increased levels of migration and increasing levels of xenophobia." 

Brian Hudson is Professor of Education and former Head of the School of Education and Social Work (2012-16) at the University of Sussex, UK.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Michael Byram

Part 1: Painting the picture of teacher education in Europe

Chapter 1. Introduction: How to become a European teacher? Exploring the (need of a) concept

Ana Raquel Simões, Mónica Lourenço and Nilza Costa

Chapter 2. Teacher education and the profile of European teachers

Joanna Madalińska-Michalak

Part 2: Tackling challenges and opportunities in teacher education

Chapter 3. Developing teachers’ competences to work in a European context: The HOWBET experience

Nilza Costa

Chapter 4. Future needs of learners in a European context

Ilze Ivanova and Ilze Kangro

Chapter 5. Linguistic diversity: How to deal with it in a classroom

Seija Jeskanen

Chapter 6. European teachers and inclusive education

Judith 't Gilde

Chapter 7. Teaching and learning for citizenship education

Ana Raquel Simões

Chapter 8. Comparative studies and teacher education

Wilfried Hartmann

Chapter 9. The European dimension in practice: Ideas for the classroom

Mónica Lourenço (org.), Eglė Abeciūnaitė, Karin Berger, Gabriela Dobińska, Tamara Gobbo, Filipe Moreira, Anna Tazbir

Part 3: Envisioning the future of teacher education

Chapter 10. Restructuring teacher education in the UK: Insights into the future

Joanna McIntyre

Chapter 11. Teacher education in Europe in the midst of anti-Europeanism: Implications and recommendations for policy, practice and research

Mónica Lourenço and Ana Raquel Simões

About the Editors

Ana Raquel Simões is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Education and Psychology of the University of Aveiro, Portugal.

Mónica Lourenço is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Research Centre ‘Didactics and Technology in Education of Trainers’ (CIDTFF) of the University of Aveiro, Portugal.

Nilza Costa is a Full Professor in Education at the Department of Education and Psychology of the University of Aveiro, Portugal.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDUCATION / Research
EDUCATION / Comparative