Primary school teacher training in the European Community: an overview of recent developments

B. Gerard Doornekamp, Baukje J. van Kesteren

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    The colleges of education for primary school teachers in The Netherlands have gone through several mergers in the space of just a few years. Many colleges of education became part of a polytechnic. The authors studied how the specific characteristics of the education of primary school teachers can show to full advantage in a large institute of higher vocational education. In the Dutch situation as well as that of the other countries of the European Community (England and the Federal Republic of Germany in particular) the phenomena ‘integration’ and ‘differentiation’ have been studied. The authors concluded that mergers of primary school teacher training colleges can be a serious threat to the educational identity of teacher training as a whole. Holding to as well as giving up the educational identity does not guarantee that the specific characteristics will be kept.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)241-251
    Number of pages11
    JournalEuropean journal of teacher education
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1992


    • Primary school
    • Teacher training
    • European Community


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