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Title: Initial teacher education in the panopticon
Authors: Wilkins, Christopher
Wood, Phil
First Published: 19-Aug-2009
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Journal of Education for Teaching, 2009, 35 (3), pp. 283-297
Abstract: The schools' inspection regime in England has shifted in recent decades from a focus on external assessment of practice to a scrutiny of external data and schools' self-evaluation, culminating in a normative system based on self-surveillance by school senior managers. This model of inspection (characteristic of the performative approach to public sector accountability) is now being extended to providers of initial teacher education, with providers using a standardised self-evaluation template. A qualitative analysis of this template demonstrates its attempt to normalise and manage the development of initial teacher education programmes in order that they reflect political priorities rather than being based primarily on the professional knowledge and judgements. Further, the potential for a conflict of interests between the government agencies responsible for delivery and inspection is considered.
DOI Link: 10.1080/02607470903092821
ISSN: 0260-7476
eISSN: 1360-0540
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2009, Taylor & Francis (Routledge). Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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