This research investigated the area of
values in Initial Teacher Education (ITE), induction and early professional
development (EPD) within the context of a government review of the
future of teacher education in Northern Ireland (NI). Additional
challenges for teacher education were created by other key developments.
These include a government commitment to abandon academic selection
at age eleven by 2008, and a proposed new curriculum that places
greater emphasis on values and skills-based learning, personal,
social and health education, and citizenship. The NI e-learning
strategy is well advanced with important implications for teacher
This three-year research programme tracked a representative sample of PGCE students through induction and their first year of EPD. The proposal included testing of innovations in each of the three phases of the NI partnership model of teacher education, which have more widespread relevance for adopting a values-based approach to teacher education and development.