Innovative schools and excellence in education are key factors for future knowledge-based
societies. Professionals in teaching and learning have to meet the challenges
set by new scientific knowledge and changing environments. These developments
require effective ways of education in teacher professionalism which target
the emerging challenges both theoretically and practically, embedded in a complex
network of social developments, political interest, national cultures and traditions.
Teaching professionals are increasingly confronted with complex global challenges
and there is a focus within and across areas teacher education programmes throughout
Europe preparing teachers for European co-operation. It is crucial that teacher
educators are at the forefront of advancement in this area. The development of
EDiTE is required to engage with European issues and ultimately producing young
researchers with European co-operation. International mobility, including transsectoral
and transdisciplinary mobility should be recognized as having an added value
for the career development of early stage researchers.
According to a report produced by the European University Association for the
2007 London Conference of Higher
Education Ministers' universities are encouraged to enhance their efforts to
support mobility at doctoral level within the framework
of inter-institutional collaboration as an element of their broader institutional
strategy. In 2009 the European Network of Teacher Education Policies (ENTEP),
did a survey on the connections between the teacher education, teacher career
evolution and doctoral programmes among its members. The survey revealed that
in many European countries – including the consortium countries – the doctoral
programmes in teacher education are not developed in a pro-active manner. There
are obstacles to enter existing PhD programmes in Educational Science, the career
paths of teacher education rarely includes the possibility of the third cycle
of Bologna involving post graduate research activities.
The EDiTE – European Doctorate in Teacher Education is implemented by the consortium
of five universities as a kind of action research to develop an innovative curriculum,
leading a pioneering interdisciplinary doctoral programme in teacher education.