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EDiTE Lectures: Prof. Prenzel on how to improve teacher education in Germany

 

The EDiTE team at UIBK launched a new initiative, the EDiTE Lectures, in order to connect local research advances with a larger international audience regarding issues in teacher education. The idea behind the EDiTE Lectures is to invite remarkable researchers contributing to teacher education in local contexts, and by conducting the sessions in English, make findings available, and possibly useful for other localities. On 22nd January 2018, EDiTE was happy to host Prof. Dr. Manfred Prenzel, professor at the Technical University of Münich, and member of the German teacher education reform initiative „Qualitätsoffensive LehrerInnenbildung“. Dr. Prenzel shared insights from this impressive project that mainly aims at improving the organizational structures for teacher education; the coherence between disciplines; the connections between subjects, practice and professionalism; as well as promotes teacher students to become involved in research. The ultimate vision of the project is to somewhat align the variety of contents, competences and accreditations across the universities in Germany in order to improve transferability and employability of teachers across the federal states of Germany. Having finished the second phase, the reform has already proved some positive outcomes: universities have actively started building organizational structures to achieve the project goals, as well as improved their research profile and collaborations with schools. With more phases to come, this programme largely shapes teacher education in Germany.

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Manfred Prenzel’s speech at EDiTE Lectures

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Manfred Prenzel’s speech at EDiTE Lectures

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Manfred Prenzel (left) and EDiTE head coordinator, Michael Schratz (right) in conversation

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Manfred Prenzel in conversation with the audience of UIBK