Researching teacher education: new perspectives on practice, performance and policy. Multi-Site Teacher Education Research Project (MUSTER) Synthesis Report.
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Lewin, K.M.; Stuart, J.S.
Educational Paper No. 49a, DFID, London, UK, ISBN 1 86192 545 X, 219 pp.
Eastern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Southern Africa, Western Africa
Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Trinidad and Tobago
This research report synthesises the findings from a four-year programme of research on
teacher education supported by DFID. It is focused on insights from Ghana, Lesotho,
Malawi, and Trinidad and Tobago.
The review is organised in six sections. The first section identifies a range of key policy
challenges for teacher education, and details emerging priorities. The next three sections
sequentially reflect on insights and issues concerned with the selection and admission of
trainees, the initial teacher education curriculum, and the characteristics of teacher education
colleges. This leads to a discussion of structures for initial training and some alternative
models. The fifth section develops an analysis of the roles external assistance can play in
improving quality and effectiveness. Section six briefly outlines some developmental
scenarios that arise from the cross-case analysis undertaken within MUSTER.