’Letting the right one in’: provider contexts for recruitment to initial teacher education in the United Kingdom

Peter Davies, Mark Connolly, James Nelson, Moira Hulme, John Kirkman, Celia Greenway

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Abstract

We exploit policy differences within the UK to investigate provider context and recruitment to initial teacher education (ITE). We identify three dimensions of variation: conceptions of professionalism, universal or context specific preparation and costs and benefits to providers. University-led ITE programmes used similar criteria and processes in each jurisdiction, but there were differences between university-led and school-led recruitment. Our study suggests that the current shortfall in recruitment to ITE in England may be a product of the contextual constraints which schools experience. It also suggests that school-led recruitment may tend to emphasise short-term and school-specific needs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-302
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Volume60
Early online date17 Sep 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016

Keywords

  • entry to teaching
  • adverse selection
  • Professionalism
  • teacher quality
  • routes into teaching

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