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O'Gallchoir, C;McGarr, O
Educational Philosophy And Theory
An Irish perspective on initial teacher education: How teacher educators can respond to an awareness of the 'absurd'
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Internationally, initial teacher education has experienced shifts towards competence and school-based programmatic reforms. As a result, literature on the role of teacher educators operating within the academy suggests a sense of doom as market-based and political distrust of the academy grows. For now, initial teacher education in Ireland is largely housed within the academy. However, several governing policies have recently been published which subtly seek to marginalise the role and practices of teacher educators. Drawing on Camus' understanding of the absurd as emerging from the interaction between the longing of human beings for clarity and the universe's indifferent and silent reply, this paper sets out to investigate possible methods that teacher educators may select in responding to an awareness of the absurd.
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