Top marks for teacher education at LiU

Linköping University receives top marks in a recently published survey of teacher education in Sweden carried out by the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ). All of the teacher education programmes examined at LiU were given the assessment “High Quality”.

 Teacher Mikael teaches at Svärtingehusskolan on February 13, 2015 in Norrköping. Peter Holgersson

“This is, of course, very gratifying and recognition that our work to continuously improve the teacher education here has given results”, says Jörgen Nissen, responsible for teacher education at Linköping University.

The published survey has examined the preschool teacher programme, the primary school teacher programme for Grades 4-6, and the primary school teacher programme for after-school clubs. Another primary school teacher programme, for Grades 1-3, was given a preliminary examination and also assessed to be of high quality.

The UKÄ survey covered 67 teacher education courses and programmes at 20 institutions of higher education. LiU was one of only four of these at which all courses and programmes were judged to be of high quality. The quality of 32 courses and programmes in Sweden was considered to be doubtful.

“UKÄ emphasised in its conclusions, among other things, the well-defined structure of LiU’s teacher education and the active role played by students in its development”, says Jörgen Nissen. “In order to further increase the quality, we would like to see more resources from the government for per-capita funding, such that teacher education can be conducted under the same conditions as other major vocation-directed education.”

Translated by George Farrants

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