Academic quality management in teacher education: a Singapore perspective

Sylvia Chong (National Institute of Education, Singapore)

Quality Assurance in Education

ISSN: 0968-4883

Publication date: 28 January 2014

Abstract

Purpose

Quality assurance and management is vital for the continuous improvement of the content, delivery and development of teacher education programmes. This paper seeks to explore theoretical issues and ideas in assessing the quality preparation of teachers in the Singapore context.

Design/methodology/approach

An academic quality framework provides an architectural approach to optimizing quality processes, transitioning from a disjointed set of quality processes to an integrated workflow based upon established best practices.

Findings

The architectural framework provided a systematic focus to develop and sustain the academic quality of the teacher development programmes. Quality change and developments occur through collaboration and learning. The emphasis is on quality management as a process-oriented strategy.

Originality/value

There is a shift in paradigm from traditional models of programme evaluation to a systems approach that incorporate multi-dimensional models to impact administration, teaching and research in a teacher education institution. Thus Singapore's teacher education quality management should be considered beyond a set of measurement tools towards a systematic, scheduled and focused examination as a whole, as a process-oriented strategy.

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Citation

Chong, S. (2014), "Academic quality management in teacher education: a Singapore perspective", Quality Assurance in Education, Vol. 22 No. 1, pp. 53-64. https://doi.org/10.1108/QAE-05-2012-0023

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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