Teacher Education Model for the 21st Century

NIE as a university-based teacher education institution has a strong foundation in terms of the structure and substance of its teacher education programmes. Like many high-performing teacher education providers in the world, NIE’s model provides the theoretical foundation to produce the “thinking teacher” whilst concurrently having strong partnerships with key stakeholders and the schools to ensure strong clinical practice and to inject the reality of professionalism in teacher development. Our strength also lies in a strong base in subject matter and pedagogical content knowledge, as well as a strong connection to educational research. The adoption of the university-based model demonstrates that teaching is a profession, where the development of teachers is underpinned by evidenced-based learning, and where teachers require the award of a degree as a pre-requisite for joining the profession. 

Previous reviews have affirmed both the structure and substance of NIE’s teacher education programmes. In the light of changing needs in Singapore’s education system and developments in the global educational landscape, this current review builds on existing strengths to bring teacher education to a higher plane of excellence, drawing on the perspectives of stakeholders and putting the 21st century learner at the very heart of our educational goals. ‘21st century learners call for 21st century teachers’ is the impetus for the Programme Review and Enhancement (PRE) 2008-2009. Based on extensive literature review, understanding of existing and emerging trends, local profile, changing landscape in policies and initiatives, and research data, we explored possible and viable avenues for enhancements – the culmination of these efforts is a new Model of Teacher Education for the 21st Century (TE21) at NIE. 

Models & Guides
Thursday, January 1, 2009 (All day)
National Institute of Education
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