The Rise and Fall of the MTL: An Example of European Policy Borrowing

Chung, Jennifer H. and Atkin, Chris and Moore, Jane (2012) The Rise and Fall of the MTL: An Example of European Policy Borrowing. European Journal of Teacher Education, 35 (3). pp. 259-274. ISSN 0261-9768

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The success of Finland in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) highlights the quality of Finnish teacher education underpinning its consistently high performance in the survey. In 2010 the UK government initiated a masters in teaching and learning (MTL) in order to raise the education level of teachers, following Finland’s teacher education model. Educationists both past and present, however, warn against ‘quick fix’ political solutions and of the consequences of ‘uncritical policy transfer’. For an educational policy to be effectively borrowed, it must travel through different stages. In this article we argue that the MTL has been implemented in the hope of quick solutions to long-term difficulties; we also maintain that the MTL has applied distinctly English factors into the Finnish model and was achieving informed policy transfer. Nevertheless, the rapid introduction and withdrawal of the programme has not allowed for the MTL to reach complete policy borrowing.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 379 Public policy issues in education
School/Department: School of Management and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jennifer Chung
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2013 16:41
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2013 16:41


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