Towards initial teacher education quality: epistemological considerations

Paul Adams, Carrie McLennan

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Initial Teacher Education quality is often judged through the auspices of audit-style mechanisms designed to facilitate the identification of matters pertaining to the ‘readiness’ of student teachers to enter the world of the classroom as fully qualified. In this regard, quality of programmes is often determined by the knowledge and skills student teachers demonstrate. Whilst ontological aspects are not necessarily elided, they are often ignored in favour of such epistemological matters. While such knowledge-based positions do not describe the totality of ITE quality evaluation they do predominate. This paper identifies a tripartite heuristic for the identification of ITE epistemology that explicitly refers to, and is requiring of, ontological matters in the development of student teachers: identifying teaching, doing teaching, knowing teaching. Whilst it is the result of a Scottish project, Measuring the Quality of Initial Teacher Education (MQuITE), its emphasis is notable for other countries.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2019
EventScottish Educational Research Association 44th Annual Conference, 2019: Creative Visions for Educational Futures - Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 20 Nov 201922 Nov 2019


ConferenceScottish Educational Research Association 44th Annual Conference, 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • measuring quality
  • initial teacher education
  • support in the classroom


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