Content and Quality of Teacher Education Across the European Union

17-03-2008

This study provides an overview of primary teacher education systems in the EU, highlighting common features and differences and presenting specific information for all Member States. It argues, based on the small amount of research evidence available, that the quality of teacher training has a strong influence on pupils' performance in school. The authors identify training practices that have been successful in some Member States and warrant being applied in others and provide policy recommendations to MEPs, including on induction and continuous training for teachers.

This study provides an overview of primary teacher education systems in the EU, highlighting common features and differences and presenting specific information for all Member States. It argues, based on the small amount of research evidence available, that the quality of teacher training has a strong influence on pupils' performance in school. The authors identify training practices that have been successful in some Member States and warrant being applied in others and provide policy recommendations to MEPs, including on induction and continuous training for teachers.