Séan Farren (Ulster University, Ireland)
Linda Clarke (Ulster University, Ireland)
Teresa O’doherty (University of Limerick, Ireland)

Teacher Preparation in Northern Ireland

ISBN: 978-1-78754-648-6, eISBN: 978-1-78754-647-9

Publication date: 22 August 2019


Farren, S., Clarke, L. and O’doherty, T. (2019), "Prelims", Teacher Preparation in Northern Ireland (Emerald Studies in Teacher Preparation in National and Global Contexts), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. i-xii.



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Teacher preparation is currently one of the most pressing and topical issues. It deals with questions such as how teachers are prepared, what the content of their programmes of preparation is, how their effectiveness is assessed and what the role of the ‘good’ teacher is in society. These questions are at the forefront of policy agendas around the world.

This series presents robust, critical research studies in the broad field of teacher preparation historically, with attention also being given to current policy and future directions. Most books in the series will focus on an individual country, providing a comprehensive overview of the history of teacher preparation in that country while also making connections between the past and present and informing discussions on possible future directions.

Previously published:

Teacher Preparation in Ireland: History, Policy and Future Directions

By Thomas O’Donoghue, Judith Harford, Teresa O’Doherty

Forthcoming in this series:

  • Teacher Preparation in South Africa

  • By Linda Chisholm

  • Teacher Preparation in Australia

  • By Thomas O’Donoghue and Keith Moore

  • Historical Development of Teacher Education in Chile

  • By Beatrice Avalos-Bevan and Leonora Reyes-Jedlicki

  • Catholic Teacher Preparation: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Preparing for Mission

  • By Richard Rymarz and Leonardo Franchi

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Acronyms and Abbreviations

ASTI Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland
BERA British Educational Research Association
C2K Classroom 2000
CATE Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
CCEA Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment
CNAA Council for National Academic Awards
CPD Continuing Professional Development
CSE Certificate of Secondary Education
CH Cultural Heritage
DE/DENI Department of Education for Northern Ireland
DFHETE Department of Further and Higher Education, Training and Employment
DEL Department of Employment and Learning
DES Department of Education and Skills (Republic of Ireland)
DUP Democratic Unionist Party
EA Education Authority
EMU Education for Mutual Understanding
EPD Early Professional Development
ESA Education and Skills Authority
ETI Education and Training Inspectorate
GCSE General Certificate of Secondary Education
GCE General Certificate of Education
GTCNI General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland
HDipEd Higher Diploma in Education
IME Irish Medium Education
INTO Irish National Teachers’ Organisation
ITE Initial Teacher Education
NI Northern Ireland
NICIE Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education
NUI National University of Ireland
NUU/UU New University of Ulster, University of Ulster/Ulster University
PGCE Postgraduate Certificate in Education
QUB Queen’s University Belfast
REF Research Excellence Framework
RSA Research Society of Arts
TPL Teacher Professional Learning
UCETNI Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers, Northern Ireland

About the Authors

Dr Séan Farren is currently a Visiting Professor at the School of Education, Ulster University. He was previously a Senior Lecturer in the School where he was a member of staff for 28 years. Prior to that, he taught at second level in Sierra Leone, Switzerland, and in the Republic of Ireland. He has also served as a member of Northern Ireland’s Legislative Assembly and was the Minister of Employment and Learning in its Executive of 1999–2002. He has written extensively on the History of Education in Ireland and is the author of The Politics of Irish Education.

Professor Linda Clarke was born in Brooklyn, New York, moving to Northern Ireland in early childhood. She qualified as a teacher in 1983 and served as a Geography teacher and Head of Department for 15 years in schools in England and Northern Ireland. She was appointed as a Lecturer in Education at Ulster University in 2001 and served as the Head of the School of Education at Ulster from 2009 to 2013. She is currently the Research Director for Education at Ulster, Chair of UCETNI and a member of the REF 2021 Sub-panel for Education.

Dr Teresa O’Doherty is the President of Marino Institute of Education, Dublin. She qualified as a teacher in 1984 and taught at primary level until 1997, when she was appointed Lecturer in Education at the University of Limerick where she also served as an Assistant Dean. In 2003, she was appointed as Head of Education and later Dean of Education at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.


The assistance of the librarians and archivists at the National Archives of Ireland, the National Archives of the UK, the National Library of Ireland, the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Queen’s University Belfast, St Mary’s University College, Belfast, Ulster University and the Newspaper Library at the Belfast Public Library is acknowledged.

The following are acknowledged for the very valuable information and advice provided: John Anderson, Barry Burgess, Roy Downey, Professors Eamon Dwyer, Peter Finn, Tony Gallagher, John Gardner, Anne Heaslett, Dr Bill McAfee, Professor Roy McConkey, Fr Raymond McCullagh, Dr Alan McCully, Vivian McIver, Professors Harry McMahon, Richard McMinn, Anne Moran, Dr Roisin McPhilemy, Professors Terence O’Keefe and Sir Desmond Rae.

A special word of thanks to Dr Lesley Abbott for reading the text and for her editorial advice.