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VIRTUAL EVENT: Quality conundrums in initial teacher education: understanding practice at scale

17 March 2021, 3:00 pm–4:30 pm

Teacher and students learning in class. Image: Kirsten Holt for UCL

This Educating Teachers Matters webinar discusses the main highlights of the book 'Initial Teacher Education at Scale' by Professor Clare Brooks.

This event is free.

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Caroline Daly

Across the globe everyone talks about quality in initial teacher education (ITE) without really saying what they mean.

Drawing on her research examining large scale, university-based ITE providers in Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand and USA, Professor Brooks will address the following questions:

  • What do we mean when we talk about quality in initial teacher education?
  • Why do some initiatives that are meant to make teacher education better actually make it worse? (Quality Conundrums)
  • How do teacher educators deal with issues around practice, partnership, research, accountability, and knowledge in different countries?
  • In what ways are university-based teacher educators’ work configured and rewarded?
  • How can understanding teacher education as a spatial activity and a spatial practice help us to improve teacher education in the future?

Professor Brooks will share her research findings alongside a framework to help teacher educators think about their practice and how to address future quality conundrums.


  • Dr Clare Brooks, Professor of Education and Pro-Director Education (UCL Institute of Education)

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Image: Kirsten Holt for UCL