cePraxis aims to encourage the enhancement of praxis in the lived conditions of practice for the individual teacher, and the formation and development of social, cultural and material conditions that make educational praxis possible within teacher education. The vision is therefore to develop and study the Rehearsal Space both as a physical space and a metaphor for professional development with clear visions of good education, and coherent teacher education programmes where opportunities to rehearse praxis will be the core activity.
Strengths and weaknesses:
cePraxis makes a good case for enhancement of teacher education in a small (but about to be merged) institution with solid theoretical underpinning. However, the initiative comes across as small-scale and rather inwardly focused, and the bid does more towards articulating a theoretical case than a practical project plan.
The part on documentation of quality is unclear and lacks actual documentation on some points. It somewhat confuses input indicators for quality in existing provision with indicators for the centre. As input factors for quality in existing provision, two key initiatives are presented, but the coherence between them in the focus on praxis is not clear and the examples seem rather small scale.
The concept is interesting, but the bid does not make clear how innovative the concept of the Rehearsal Space is in relation to national and international practice in teacher education. This makes the possible national and international impact rather unclear.
Information is lacking or unclear regarding several aspects of the criteria for awarding SFU status.
Points to consider:
- How are students involved in the development of the provision and the centre respectively?
- How does the Rehearsal Space fit with national and international developments in higher education?
- What are the key steps to be taken in order to achieve the centre goals?
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