Teacher Education and Teacher Quality


One of many sectors which fosters nationwide growth is schooling by making certain the event of a useful human useful resource. The establishment of robust academic constructions results in a society populated by enlightened folks, who could cause constructive financial progress and social transformation. A Constructive social transformation and its related financial progress are achieved because the folks apply the talents they discovered whereas they have been in class. The acquisition of those abilities is facilitated by one particular person all of us ‘trainer’. Because of this, nations looking for financial and social developments needn’t ignore lecturers and their position in nationwide growth.

Lecturers are the foremost issue that drives college students’ achievements in studying. The efficiency of lecturers typically determines, not solely, the standard of schooling, however the normal efficiency of the scholars they prepare. The lecturers themselves subsequently should get the most effective of schooling, to allow them to in flip assist prepare college students in the most effective of how. It’s recognized, that the standard of lecturers and high quality educating are a number of the most vital elements that form the educational and social and educational progress of scholars. High quality coaching will guarantee, to a big extent, lecturers are of very top quality, in order to have the ability to correctly handle lecture rooms and facilitate studying. That’s the reason trainer high quality continues to be a matter of concern, even, in international locations the place college students constantly acquire excessive scores in worldwide exams, similar to Tendencies in Arithmetic and Science Research (TIMSS). In such international locations, trainer schooling of prime significance due to the potential it has to trigger constructive college students’ achievements.

The construction of trainer schooling retains altering in nearly all international locations in response to the hunt of manufacturing lecturers who perceive the present wants of scholars or simply the demand for lecturers. The modifications are makes an attempt to make sure that high quality lecturers are produced and generally simply to make sure that lecture rooms should not freed from lecturers. In the united statesA, promote top quality lecturers has been a difficulty of competition and, for the previous decade or so, has been motivated, mainly, by means of the strategies prescribed by the No Baby Left Behind Act (Achieved California Lecturers, 2015). Even in Japan and different Japanese international locations the place there are extra lecturers than wanted, and constructions have been instituted to make sure top quality lecturers are produced and employed, points regarding the trainer and educating high quality are nonetheless of concern (Ogawa, Fujii & Ikuo, 2013). Trainer schooling is subsequently no joke anyplace. This text is in two components. It first discusses Ghana’s trainer schooling system and within the second half appears to be like at some determinants of high quality educating.


Ghana has been making deliberate makes an attempt to supply high quality lecturers for her fundamental college lecture rooms. As Benneh (2006) indicated, Ghana’s intention of trainer schooling is to offer a whole trainer schooling program by means of the supply of preliminary trainer coaching and in-service coaching applications, that can produce competent lecturers, who will assist enhance the effectiveness of the educating and studying that goes on in colleges. The Preliminary trainer schooling program for Ghana’s fundamental college lecturers was provided in Schools of Training (CoE) solely, till fairly just lately when, College of Training, College of Cape Coast, Central College Faculty and different tertiary establishments joined in. Probably the most placing distinction between the applications provided by the opposite tertiary establishment is that whereas the Universities educate, study and award certificates to their college students, the Schools of Training provide tuition whereas the College of Cape Coast, by means of the Institute of Training, examines and award certificates. The coaching applications provided by these establishments are makes an attempt at offering many certified lecturers to show within the colleges. The Nationwide Accreditation Board accredits trainer coaching applications with a view to guarantee high quality.

The Nationwide Accreditation Board accredits trainer teaching programs primarily based on the construction and content material of the programs proposed by the establishment. Therefore, the programs run by varied establishments differ in content material and construction. For instance, the course content material for the Institute of Training, College of Cape Coast is barely completely different from the course construction and content material of the Heart for Proceed Training, College of Cape Coast and none of those two applications matches that of the CoEs, although all of them award Diploma in Primary Training (DBE) after three years of coaching. The DBE and the 4-year Untrained Trainer’s Diploma in Primary Training (UTDBE) applications run by the CoEs are solely related, however not the identical. The identical could be stated of the Two-year Put up-Diploma in Primary Training, 4-year Bachelor’s diploma applications run by the College of Cape Coast, the College of Training, Winneba and the opposite Universities and College Schools. In impact regardless that, identical merchandise appeal to identical shoppers, the preparation of the merchandise are completed in several methods.

It’s by means of these many applications that lecturers are ready for the fundamental colleges – from nursery to senior excessive colleges. Different pathways, or applications by means of which lecturers are ready are seen to be good in conditions the place there are shortages of lecturers and extra lecturers should be skilled inside a really brief time. A typical instance is the UTDBE program, talked about above, which design to equip non-professional lecturers with skilled abilities. However this try to supply extra lecturers, due to scarcity of lecturers, has the tendency of comprising high quality.

As famous by Xiaoxia, Heeju, Nicci and Stone (2010) the elements that contribute to the issues of trainer schooling and trainer retention are various and complicated, however one issue that trainer educators are involved about is the choice pathways by means of which trainer schooling happen. The prime intention of lots of the pathways is to quick monitor lecturers into the educating occupation. This short-changed the mandatory trainer preparation that potential lecturers want earlier than turning into classroom lecturers. Those that favor different routes, like Train for America (TFA), in keeping with Xiaoxia, Heeju, Nicci and Stone (2010) have defended their different pathways by saying that regardless that the scholars are engaged in a short-period of pre-service coaching, the scholars are academically good and so have the capability to be taught quite a bit in a brief interval. Others argue that in topics like English, Science and arithmetic the place there are often shortages of lecturers, there have to be a deliberate opening up of different pathways to good candidates who had completed English, Arithmetic and Science programs on the undergraduate stage. None of those arguments in help of different pathways, maintain for the choice trainer teaching programs in Ghana, the place the academically good college students shun educating as a result of causes I shall come to.

When the goal is simply to fill vacant lecture rooms, problems with high quality trainer preparation is relegated to the background, one way or the other. Proper on the choice stage, the choice pathways ease the requirement for gaining entry into trainer teaching programs. When, for instance, the second batch of UTDBE college students have been admitted, I can say with confidence that entry necessities into the CoEs weren’t adhered to. What was emphasised was that, the applicant have to be a non-professional fundamental college trainer who has been engaged by the Ghana Training Service, and that the applicant holds a certificates above Primary Training Certificates Examination. The grades obtained didn’t matter. If this pathway had not been created, the CoEs wouldn’t have skilled college students who initially didn’t qualify to enroll within the common DBE program. Nevertheless, it leaves in its path the debilitating impact compromised high quality.

Even with common DBE applications, I’ve realized, only recently I have to say, that CoEs in, specific, should not attracting the candidates with very excessive grades. This as I’ve learnt now has an enormous affect on each trainer high quality and trainer effectiveness. The actual fact is, trainer teaching programs in Ghana should not considered prestigious applications and so candidates with excessive grades don’t go for teaching programs. And so nearly all of candidates who apply for trainer teaching programs have, comparatively, decrease grades. When the entry requirement for CoEs’ DBE program for 2016/2017 educational 12 months was revealed, I observed the minimal entry grades had been dropped from C6 to D8 for West African Senior Secondary Faculty Examination candidates. This drop in commonplace might solely be attributed to CoEs’ try to draw extra candidates. The schools too, decrease their minimize off level for teaching programs in order appeal to extra candidates. The schools as alleged by Levine (2006) see their trainer teaching programs, so to say, as money cows. Their need to earn money, pressure them to decrease admission requirements, just like the CoEs have completed, with a view to improve their enrollments. The truth that, admission requirements are internationally lowered with a view to obtain a purpose of accelerating numbers. This weak recruitment apply or reducing of requirements introduce a severe problem to trainer schooling.

The Japanese have been in a position to make trainer schooling and educating prestigious and therefor appeal to college students with excessive grades. One could argue that in Japan, the provision of lecturers far exceeds the demand and so authorities should not beneath any strain to rent lecturers. Their system will not undergo in the event that they do all they’ll to pick larger grade scholar into trainer teaching programs. To them, the problems regarding the collection of lecturers are extra vital that the problems regarding recruitment. Nevertheless, in western and African international locations the problems regarding recruitment are prime. It’s so as a result of the demand for lecturers far outweighs that of provide. Western and African international locations have difficulties recruiting lecturers as a result of lecturers and the educating occupation will not be held in excessive esteem. Trainer teaching programs subsequently don’t appeal to college students who’ve excellent grades. It’s price noting that, it isn’t the recruiting process solely that determines whether or not or not trainer schooling shall be prestigious, nevertheless recruiting candidates with excessive grades, ensures that after coaching, lecturers will exhibit the 2 traits important to efficient educating – high quality and effectiveness. Trainer schooling could be efficient if the educating occupation is held in excessive esteem and subsequently in a position to appeal to the most effective of candidates. In any other case, regardless of incentives put into place to draw candidates and regardless of the measures that shall be put in place to strengthen trainer schooling, trainer teaching programs can not totally obtain its function.

With a view to strengthen trainer preparation, there may be the necessity for trainer preparation applications to offer good coaching through the preliminary trainer coaching stage, and supply and maintain help through the first few years after the lecturers have been employed. That’s the reason Lumpe (2007) helps the concept that pre-service trainer teaching programs ought to guarantee lecturers have gained a superb understanding of efficient educating methods. Methodology lessons subsequently ought to middle on efficient educating methods. Regardless of the pathway the coaching program takes, this system have to be structured such that trainees acquire data about pedagogy, in addition to the data of material. They need to additionally get sufficient publicity to sensible classroom expertise just like the on-campus and off-campus educating apply. Whether or not or not there may be the necessity to fill vacancies within the classroom because of the excessive trainer attrition, many international locations face, trainer preparation applications ought to intention at producing high quality and efficient trainer and never simply filling vacancies.


Trainer high quality has such monumental affect on college students’ studying. Anybody who has been within the educating enterprise will agree that trainer high quality is central to schooling reform efforts. Priagula, Agam & Solmon (2007) described trainer high quality as an vital in-school issue that affect considerably on college students’ studying. High quality lecturers have constructive affect on the success of scholars. The place the scholars have high quality and efficient lecturers the scholars make studying positive factors whereas these with ineffective lecturers present declines. With respect to the classroom trainer, trainer high quality is a steady strategy of doing self-assessment in order to have skilled growth and a self-renewal, with a view to improve educating. For the trainer educator, an efficient or high quality trainer is one who has a superb subject-matter and pedagogy data, which the he/she will be able to construct upon.

Excellent lecturers possess and exhibit many exemplary qualities. They’ve the talents, material, and pedagogy to succeed in each baby. They assist equip their college students with the data and breadth of consciousness to make sound and impartial judgments. Three determinants of trainer high quality shall be thought of right here. They’re; pedagogical data, subject-matter content material data and expertise.


Trainees of each occupation obtain some type of schooling that can give them perception into and put together them for the duty forward. That of the trainer is named Pedagogical Content material Information or Pedagogical Information. Pedagogical Content material Information could be described as, data the lecturers use in organizing lecture rooms, delivering the content material the scholars should present mastery over and for managing the scholars entrusted into their care. Usually talking, pedagogical data is data the trainer makes use of to facilitate college students’ studying. Pedagogical Content material Information is in two main varieties – lecturers’ data of the scholars’ pre-conceptions and lecturers’ data of educating methodologies. College students come to class with a bunch of pre-conceptions regarding the issues they’re studying. The pre-conceptions could or will not be in line with the precise subject-matter that’s delivered. Lecturers should have a good suggestion of each sorts of preconception, with a view to assist college students, change the inconsistent pre-conceptions or construct upon the constant pre-conceptions to result in significant studying. Lecturers should have a repertoire of educating methodologies for facilitating college students’ studying. When the methodologies are utilized wrongly little or no studying happens in college students. In impact when both of the 2 is weak, the trainer turns into a foul one as a result of that trainer won’t be able to execute his/her accountability within the vocation he/she has chosen. On account of this throughout trainer preparation, Pedagogical Content material Information is emphasised.

Lecturers acquire Pedagogical Content material Information from varied sources. Friedrichsen, Abell, Pareja, Brown, Lankford and Volkmann (2009) distinguished three potential sources of Pedagogical Content material Information. They listed the sources as skilled growth applications, educating experiences and lastly lecturers’ personal studying experiences. Throughout their days as college students in trainer teaching programs, lecturers are assisted in selection methods to achieve Pedagogical Content material Information. For examples, throughout apply, they discover ways to put the pedagogical abilities they learnt. Trainer teaching programs and different skilled growth applications create avenues for lecturers to achieve pedagogical content material data by means of workshops, lectures, working along with colleagues, and in educating apply. Then their experiences of their lecture rooms as they educate college students cause them to acquire perception into which methodologies work beneath finest beneath particular conditions. That final supply is often ignored. It signifies that the skilled data of the trainer begins to develop lengthy earlier than the trainer turns into a candidate coming into into trainer schooling. This implies, the way in which lecturers educate influences to a big extent the potential lecturers’ skilled data and beliefs. Such a studying is, typically, neglected by lecturers in any respect ranges as a result of unintentional and casual, it’s.

Pedagogical Content material Information could be gained by means of formal and casual means. Studying alternatives for pedagogical content material data, formally, designed by establishments, primarily based on studying aims which typically are prerequisite for certification, constitutes the formal means. In formal studying, college students have clear concepts concerning the goal of buying pedagogical abilities. Casual studying, alternatively, will not be organized deliberately. It takes place by the way and so could be thought of as ‘aspect impact’. As Kleickmann et al (2012) described it, it has no purpose with respect to studying outcomes, and it’s contextualized to a big extent. That is typically known as studying by expertise. Casual, however deliberative, studying conditions exists. This happens in conditions similar to studying in teams, mentoring, and intentional working towards of some abilities or instruments. Werquin (2010) described casual, however deliberative, studying as non-formal studying. In contrast to formal studying, non-formal studying doesn’t happen in academic establishments and doesn’t appeal to certification. Whether or not pedagogical content material data

Pedagogical Content material Information is used to bridges the hole between content material data and precise educating. By bridging the hole, it ensures that discussions of content material are related to educating and that discussions themselves are centered on the content material. As such, Pedagogical Content material Information is one thing lecturers should take note of. Lecturers who possess and use good Pedagogical content material data have good management over classroom administration and evaluation, data about studying processes, educating strategies, and particular person traits (Harr, Eichler, & Renkl, 2014). Such lecturers are in a position to create an environment that facilitates studying and are additionally in a position to current or facilitate the educational of ideas by even lazy college students. They’re able to make studying simpler by college students therefore trainer with excessive pedagogical content material data could be categorized as high quality lecturers. It’s price noting that it isn’t pedagogical content material data solely that makes good lecturers. A trainer won’t be good if he/she is grasp of pedagogical data however lacks material content material data.


The purpose of educating is to assist learners develop mental assets that can allow them take part totally in the primary domains of human taught and enquiry. The diploma to which the trainer can help college students to be taught is determined by the subject-matter the trainer possesses. That’s to say, lecturers’ data of subject-matter has affect on their efforts to help college students to be taught that subject-matter. If a trainer is ignorant or not properly knowledgeable he/she can not do college students any good, he/she is going to somewhat a lot hurt them. When the trainer conceives data in such a manner that it’s slender, or don’t have correct info regarding a specific subject-matter, he/she is going to cross on these identical shallow or inaccurate info to college students. This type of trainer will hardly acknowledge the constant pre-conceptions and problem the misconceptions of scholars. Such a trainer can introduce misconceptions as he/she makes use of texts uncritically or inappropriately alter them. It’s the trainer’s conception of data that shapes the type of questions he/she asks and the concepts he/she reinforces in addition to the types of duties the trainer designs.

Lecturers’ subject-matter matter content material data should transcend the precise matters of their curriculum. It is because the trainer doesn’t solely outline ideas for college kids. Lecturers clarify to college students why a specific idea or definition is suitable, why learners should understand it and the way it pertains to different ideas or definitions. This may be completed correctly if the trainer possesses a superb understanding of the subject-matter. Such a understanding consists of an understanding of the mental context and worth of the subject-matter. The understanding of material typically reinforces the trainer’s confidence in delivering classes, thereby making him/her a superb trainer.


Expertise is likely one of the elements that account for variations in trainer wage, the world over (Hanushek and Rivkin, 2006). The truth that wage variations are primarily based on the variety of years the trainer has served, means that employers consider the lecturers expertise makes him/her a greater trainer and such a trainer have to be motivated to stay within the service. Although some research like that Hanushek (2011) have prompt that the expertise positively influences trainer high quality solely within the first few years, and that past 5 years, expertise ceases to have constructive affect on trainer efficacy, frequent sense tells us the one who has been doing one thing for a very long time does higher and with ease. Expertise will subsequently proceed to pay, since, extra skilled lecturers have the propensity to know extra concerning the subject-matter they educate, and assume and behave appropriately within the classroom, and have way more constructive attitudes towards their college students.

Lecturers who’ve spent extra years of educating, often, really feel confident of their ability to make use of educational and evaluation instruments. These lecturers are in a position to attain even essentially the most difficult-to-reach college students of their lecture rooms. Additionally they have better confidence of their functionality to manage the category and forestall incidence that may make the educating and studying course of tough. Their expertise makes them way more affected person and tolerant than their counterpart with few years of expertise (Wolters & Daugherty, 2007). Novice lecturers progressively acquire and develop educating and classroom administration abilities wanted to make them efficient lecturers. They spend time studying themselves – attempting to know totally the job they’ve entered. The lecturers who’ve spent extra years educating have gained a wealthy retailer of data the much less expertise lecturers shall be attempting to construct. Lecturers’ sense of effectiveness is usually related to good attitudes, behaviors and interactions with their college students. That is one thing the skilled trainer has already acquired. These clarify why extra skilled lecturers are often simpler lecturers than the novices.

Another excuse extra skilled lecturers are typically higher lecturers than their inexperienced counterparts, is that, skilled lecturers have gained further coaching, and therefore, have acquired further educating abilities, wanted to be efficient from direct expertise. Often the coaching of lecturers doesn’t finish on the preliminary trainer coaching stage. After commencement, lecturers attend capability constructing seminars, workshops and conferences. These give lecturers the chance to be taught rising educating strategies and likewise refresh their reminiscences on the issues they’ve learnt. Such seminars, workshops and conferences principally add to the trainer’s retailer of data. The opposite benefit the skilled lecturers have is that they’ve encountered extra conditions to develop the talents wanted to be efficient lecturers by means of further direct, and generally oblique experiences. That’s to say, they’ve encountered difficult conditions which gave them the chance to construct their abilities. Whether or not they have been in a position to overcome these difficult state of affairs or not, doesn’t matter a lot. If the lecturers encounter tough conditions of their lessons, they be taught from them. If the lecturers are in a position to overcome tough conditions, they get to know resolve such conditions on the subsequent encounter, in any other case their reflections and options from co-teachers offers them concepts about strategy identical or related conditions. Additionally they have a better likelihood of being uncovered to present and competent fashions. Extra skilled lecturers have the next likelihood of demonstrating superior self-efficacy in most areas, as a result of they’ve discovered the wanted classroom administration and educational abilities from their colleagues. Lecturers who’ve been in lively service for a few years are most certainly to be categorized as high quality lecturers, due to what they’ve learnt from in-service coaching, capability constructing workshops and seminars, their interplay with different lecturers and what they’ve learnt from expertise of their lecture rooms.


Trainer schooling goals at offering trainer schooling program by means of preliminary trainer coaching for trainer trainees, and in-service coaching for working towards lecturers with a view to produce educated and dedicated lecturers for efficient educating and studying. To understand this mission, trainer teaching programs have been instituted for the coaching of lecturers. These applications differ from one nation to a different. Even throughout the identical nation, there could also be completely different applications coaching lecturers for a similar certificates. These different applications are a created, specifically, the place there are shortages of lecturers, and makes an attempt are being made to coach massive numbers of lecturers at a time. These different applications ease the trainer certification requirement, permitting those that beneath regular circumstances wouldn’t change into lecturers. This introduces severe challenges. As a result of massive numbers of lecturers are wanted inside a brief interval, their coaching is considerably fast-tracked leading to what’s often known as half-baked lecturers – lecturers of decrease high quality. Candidates who didn’t acquire admission into this system of their alternative come into educating solely as a result of they’ve nowhere else to go. Such candidates have a tendency to not be devoted to the educating service in the long run. Quick-tracking preliminary trainer preparation truly hurt the mission for which the preliminary trainer coaching establishments have been created. It is because the trainer produced by means of such coaching are often not of top of the range.

Trainer preparation has a direct affect on college students’ achievement. Crucial in-school elements upon which scholar’s success hinges, is a trainer who has been properly ready. A well-prepared trainer is one who has gone by means of a powerful trainer preparation program. It’s subsequently essential for educators to work to create wanted enhancements in trainer preparation. To strengthen trainer preparation, trainer preparation applications should present robust preparation through the preliminary trainer coaching interval and provides help to contemporary lecturers till they’re inducted. Pre-service trainer schooling ought to emphasize the acquisition of efficient educating methods. This may be completed in methodology lessons and corresponding subject experiences. College students who’ve high quality lecturers make achievement positive factors, whereas these with ineffective lecturers present declines, subsequently having top quality lecturers in lecture rooms has a constructive affect on college students’ achievements.

Pedagogical content material data, material content material data and expertise determines the standard of a trainer. Lecturers make subject-matter accessible to college students through the use of Pedagogical content material data. Pedagogical content material data has two broad areas of data: lecturers’ data of scholars’ subject-matter pre-conceptions and lecturers’ data of educating methods. What Pedagogical content material data does is that, it hyperlinks subject-matter content material data and the apply of educating, ensuring that discussions on content material are applicable and that, discussions deal with the content material and assist college students to retain the content material. The trainer’s job is to facilitate the educational of subject-matter by college students. The diploma to which the trainer can help college students to be taught is determined by the subject-matter content material data the trainer possesses. Lecturers who possess inaccurate info or comprehend the subject-matter in slender methods, hurt college students by passing on the identical false or shallow subject-matter data to their college students. The final of the three determinants of trainer high quality is expertise. Lecturers who’ve served extra years acquire further and extra particular coaching by attending seminars, conferences and workshops and in-service coaching and so have a tendency to know their job higher. Additionally they may need met and solved many difficult conditions of their classroom and subsequently know precisely what to do in any state of affairs.


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