Changing Polices and Practices in Education

Changing Policies and Practices in Education Around the World: What Can We Learn?

Researchers Examine Ways That Research-Based Policy Changes Can Improve Education

All Sesame Street viewers know that "one of these things is not like the other." This was the theme of a session on learning about "Teachers of Quality" on Sunday morning.

As researchers described teacher education in Singapore, Finland, Netherlands, and Ontario, comparisons with the US systems were the implicit. What are some of the contrasts? career ladders; attractive salaries; collaborations; avoidance of testing for accountability. some unique contrasts included a single institution for teacher education in Singapore, where teacher candidates paid no tuition and have enjoyed consistent, positive attention to teaching. In the Netherlands, the curriculum includes specific attention to the "reality shock" experienced by new teachers. Teachers experience a program that requires developing a portfolio, including video clips demonstrating competencies. In Ontario, a College of Teachers, composed primarily of teachers sets standards for certification. "Some of these teacher education things things are not like the other."

Presidential Session
Division L - Educational Policy and Politics

Schedule Information:
Time: Sunday, April 15, 8:15 a.m.–9:45 a.m.  
Building/Room: Vancouver Convention Centre, First Level - West Ballroom A

Session Participants:
Chair: Ann Lieberman (Stanford University)
Participant: A. Lin Goodwin (Columbia University)
Participant: Karen M. Hammerness (Bard College)
Participant: Hannele M. Niemi (University of Helsinki)
Participant: Benjamin Levin (OISE/University of Toronto)

Purposeful Policy and Practice for Equity and Quality - A Finnish Case
Hannele M. Niemi (University of Helsinki -

Paper - A. Lin Goodwin

A. Lin Goodwin (Columbia University -

Paper - Qiang Wang
Qiang Wang (Beijing Nornmal University -

Discussant: Ann Lieberman (Stanford University)