An Investigation of the Concept of 'Partnership' in Design and Technology Initial Teacher Education
The research investigated the concept of 'partnership' in English Initial Teacher Education (ITE) in the context of design and technology. The aim of the research was to explore partnership arrangements in primary and secondary schools, higher education institutions (HEIs), school centred initial teacher training courses (SCITT) and open and distance learning programmes.
Partnership between HEIs and schools in the field of ITE has grown in recent years as a result of government policy and the movement to improve standards in our schools. Specific issues in this research include recent developments in partnership between HEIs and schools, partnership arrangements, quality control procedures in the selection of schools, partnership arrangements, course content and student progress and the roles and responsibilities of the design and technology mentor.
The research findings include data from structured interviews and case studies on the factors that ensure a successful partnership, including the importance of the role of the design and technology mentor. It concludes by making some recommendations for future practice.