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A Comparative Study of the Developments of Teacher Education in England and Taiwan, R.O.C. Author: Kuie-Hsi Chen


The purpose of this study is to examine the socio-economic and historical back-grounds and the existing systems of teacher-training in England and Taiwan, R.O.C. and to compare and discuss the new trends in teacher education in the two countries since 1975.
From the comparative study, it was indicated that there were some similarities and differences in the systems of teacher education between the two countries:
(1)Similarities: (a) To upgrade pre-service teacher education to an all-graduate level is the most important trend in both countries; (b) persons to be employed to teach in schools have to complete their professional training and must be qualified teachers; (c) a rapidly growing number of teacher are engaged in in-service training.
(2)Differences: (a) While the teacher education in Taiwan is still a system of 'closed circuit' training, in England the contemprary developments in teacher educa-tion have shown a radical change in breaking the circuit, (b) While the pattern of teacher education in Taiwan is basically still the dual tracks, the system developed in England has moved towards a unified pattern. (c) Another difference in teacher educa-tion between the two countries is the 'concurrent' courses vs. 'consecutive* courses of initial training.
In the last chapter, some recommendations concerning the future developments of teacher education in the two countries are presented.

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