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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

On this week's programme I speak to one of the most prominent scholars of teacher education in the United States, Dr. Karen Hammerness. Dr. Hammerness is the Director of Educational Research and Evaluation at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where I met up with her recently. She has conducted research into teachers' visions and into teacher education and these were the topics we discussed in this part of our interview. The specific points covered include:

  • What teacher education programmes can learn from each other
  • How clinical work is becoming part of teacher education
  • How to evaluate or “get to know” a teacher education programme
  • Preparing teachers for specific kinds of school settings
  • How she would design a brand new teacher education programme
  • How would you design a school that mentored novice teachers
  • How do you decide if a teacher is ready for independent practice in a classroom?
  • The importance of a teacher having a vision for their work
  • What constitutes a teacher’s vision?
  • What is the source of a teacher’s vision for teaching?
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