Investigating good practices in the induction of teacher educators into Higher Education

Grant type: Development (2000-08)
Round: March 2003
Amount awarded £4,838.00
Completed: August 2005
Leader(s): Dr. Jean Murray
Organisation: Brunel University
Contact Email: jean.murray@brunel.ac.uk
Address: 300 St Margarets Road, Twickenham, TW1 1PT
Partners:
Professor Chris Cook
University of Hertfordshire
Start Date: 31 July 2003
End Date: 2 August 2005
Interim report received: 20 January 2009
Final report received: 18 November 2008

The project is investigative in nature and draws on a wide range of expertise. Evaluation and monitoring of the project will be carried out by Professor Chris Cook, University of Hertfordshire

At present new teacher educators are an under-researched and poorly understood occupational group whose induction needs have not been fully explored. Recent developments in teacher education, including initiatives by the Teacher Training Agency (TTA), have recognised the need for further research into induction policies and practices. This project will allow me to produce for ESCalate an up to date account of current practices in the induction of new teacher educators. It will link previous research with current initiatives sponsored by other bodies (for example, the TTA) and the LTSN.

The objectives of the study are:

  • To collect, analyse and collate examples of the practices used by a representative sample of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in inducting initial teacher educators into Higher Education (HE) work
  • To identify and analyse the induction needs of initial teacher educators from the perspectives of professional educators new to this type of HE work
  • To analyse the effectiveness of existing induction practices and procedures by identifying the induction experiences of teacher educators in the early stages of their careers in HE-based ITE
  • To identify and collate previous research findings on induction practices for teacher educators
  • To draw on the findings of the various aspects of this project to establish guidelines for good practices in teacher educator induction

Dissemination of the project findings will be achieved in the following ways:

  • A report of the project to be made available for the ESCalate website
  • Contribution to ESCalate's PGCE HE conference.
  • Academic papers presented to national and international conferences in 2004