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Teacher education programme of 'high quality'

News: Nov 13, 2017

The Swedish Higher Education Authority has carried out a pilot assessment of eight teacher education programmes in Sweden. One evaluated programme was the University of Gothenburg’s programme for the next generation of teachers specialising in grades 4–6, which was deemed to be of ‘high quality’. This means that the assessment of this particular programme has been completed, and thus it will not be included in the regular programme evaluation in March 2018.

The Swedish Higher Education Authority has carried out a pilot review of select teacher education programmes in Sweden with an aim to test the evaluation method so that necessary changes can be made in preparation for the main evaluations in 2018.
In its evaluation report for the programme evaluated at the University of Gothenburg, the assessment team lists for example the following factors as particularly positive:
• The University’s systematic quality management work and especially the model involving student dialogues
• The University’s strategic efforts to develop the quality of seminars
• The system involving special research and development grants that can be applied for to fund interaction and collaboration between research and education

Continued Development

The Authority also points out some areas of the programme in which further development is needed. One such area is the student teaching.
‘The evaluation has made us better aware of both strengths and weaknesses of the assessed programme, which will help us make it even better. The evaluation emphasises the importance of interaction and collaboration with various actors, such as the students through the student dialogues and the local mentors of student teachers through the special courses that the University arranges for them,’ says Maria Svensson, who works at the Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies and is in charge of the evaluated programme.

Valuable Confirmation

As for the examples mentioned, the student dialogues are considered a strength and the training of the local student teacher mentors a weakness.
‘It is also important to receive confirmation that our efforts to improve the quality of the programme have been effective and that the Swedish Higher Education Authority thinks our progress is important,’ says Svensson.

Eight programmes participated in the pilot assessment. Six of them were deemed to be of ‘high quality’ and two were found to be of ‘questionable quality’. No other study programme at the University of Gothenburg was evaluated.

The pilot evaluations are part of the Swedish Higher Education Authority’s new quality-assurance system and will only target certain programmes, such as teacher education programmes, nursing programmes and PhD programmes in select disciplines.

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