Education Science in Sweden: Promoting Research for Teacher Education or Weakening its Scientific Foundations?

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Beach, Dennis (2011)
  • Publisher: Education Inquiry
  • Journal: Education Inquiry (issn: 2000-4508, eissn: 2000-4508)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.3402/edui.v2i2.21974
  • Subject: Teacher education trivium, teacher education quadrivium, professional knowledge, vertical and horisontal discourse

Certain common elements can be identified regarding teacher education development in advanced knowledge-based economies. One of these is the attempt, up until relatively recently, to develop a solid foundation of scientific professional knowledge for what Basil Bernstein called the teacher education Trivium: roughly speaking, pedagogical sciences: approximately the psychology, sociology and philosophy of education. Another more recent development is to reverse this trend through a returning emphasis on academic subjects. The present article is based on an analysis of this policy trajectory in Sweden.Keywords: Teacher education trivium, teacher education quadrivium, professional knowledge, vertical and horisontal discourse(Published: 1 June 2011)Citation: Education Inquiry Vol. 2, No. 2, May 2011, pp.207–220
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