Academic journal article Journal of Social Research & Policy

Teacher Education Case Studies in Comparative Perspective. Debrecen: Center for Higher Education Research and Development - Hungary

Academic journal article Journal of Social Research & Policy

Teacher Education Case Studies in Comparative Perspective. Debrecen: Center for Higher Education Research and Development - Hungary

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Pusztai G., & Engler, A. (Eds.). Teacher Education Case Studies in Comparative Perspective. Debrecen: Center for Higher Education Research and Development - Hungary, 2014, 184 p.

Gabriella Pusztai and Agnes Engler show a constant and a remarkable preoccupation about teacher education in the Middle and East-European space. The present volume - Teacher Education Case Studies in Comparative Perspective - is complementary to another book edited by the same authors, in which they gathered some of the best comparative research in teacher education. Furthermore, these two impressive women are the initiators of the TECERN network (Teacher Education Central European Research Network, supported by the Visegrad Fund) through which the teacher education process and outcomes in CEE can be thoroughly investigated.

This volume is divided into two parts; the first part concerns curricular problems and questions regarding teacher education, and bares the title Teacher Education Systems in Close-up. Here, one can find six interesting studies from different countries regarding teacher training systems. In the second part of the book we are familiarized with the Faces of Future Teachers. There are four different studies which investigate different socio-demographical variables of teachers to be.

As said before, the first part of the book is a collection of six studies about different aspects of teacher training systems in different countries. The first one brings us in Italy; Simonetta Polenghi and Pierpaolo Triani talk about Teacher Training and Profession in Italy. Today 's Situation after 250 Years of History. You have to read this study if you are planning a trip to Italy, since it is a research embedded in historical perspectives and it can reveal the development of Italian society. The authors guide us easily and lightly through the historical changes in the teacher training systems of Italy; they specify the most important acts and laws that generated these changes and, finally, they present the current system of forming future teachers, the ups and downs of it, and future challenges. All in all, a very vivid and interesting study.

From Italy, we are on our way to Spain, where Carmen Campos Aparicio and Almudena Buciega Arévalo talk about the teacher training system in their own country. Here, they present an overview of the Spanish system for Pre-school, Primary and Secondary teacher training, they show us the influence of different educational policies, the sociological profile of teacher training students, their future professional plans and the social construction of the teacher's image in the Spanish society.

As a pleasant surprise (for us, Romanians), after our warm Latin trip we arrive in Romania. The third study is written by Gabriella Stark and Katalin Zoller and it is entitled Initial and Continuous Teacher Education System. National Report - Romania. This study follows the same structure as the previous ones by showing us the different levels of teacher training in Romania, the Bologna effect on this system, and the existing research on assessing the teacher education system in our country.

The following two studies show aspects of teacher education in Poland. The first one is written by Jolanta Karbowniczek, Monika Grodecka and Elżbieta Miterka, and it is about the creation of teacher education curricula in Polish higher education. The second one elaborates on Educational Policy Aspects of Teachers ' Continuing Professional Development in Poland - and the research is conducted by Barbara Surma and Anna Malina. In the latter research, there are three main questions looking for answers: 1) What are the legal determinants of lifelong education of teachers? 2) What are the rules of organizing the lifelong education of teachers? 3) What are the forms and ways of providing lifelong education for teachers? It was very interesting for me to see the answers to all of these questions and comparing them to the Romanian lifelong education system for teachers. …

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