Reflecting on key findings from the Measuring Quality in Initial Teacher Education (MQuITE) project

Carver, Mark and Adams, Paul and Kennedy, Aileen and Burns, Amy (2022) Reflecting on key findings from the Measuring Quality in Initial Teacher Education (MQuITE) project. In: Reconnecting educational research, policy, and practice (SERA) 2022, 2022-11-23 - 2022-11-25, University of the West of Scotland, Ayr Campus.

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The six-year Scottish Government-funded MQuITE project will come to an end in December this year. The project has involved a unique collaboration between all 11 teacher education providers in Scotland, together with the General Teaching Council for Scotland. Established as a result of a widely acknowledged need for empirical data on teacher education quality, MQuITE has gathered data from two cohorts of new teachers over a five-year period (n=946), as well as snapshot data from school-based mentors and school leaders (n=229), and from university-based tutors (n=150). While these data reveal wide-ranging and interesting insights into perspectives and experiences of contemporary Scottish teacher education, the project itself has also acted as a conduit for sector-wide engagement and development. Indeed, the uniqueness of this contextually appropriate approach (Kennedy et al., 2021) to identifying quality a national system level has gained interest from around the world. This symposium seeks to present key highlights from across the project, including: advances in the conceptualisation of teacher education quality; key highlights from the longitudinal data; and an evaluation of the utility of the framework in terms of its capacity to reveal data that might impact on practice.