In Brunei Darussalam the national university is the main provider of initial teacher education. In 2009, undergraduate initial teacher education formerly provided by the University ceased and was replaced by graduate provision through a Master of Teaching (MTeach) degree programme. The goal was to improve the quality of teaching to achieve the national aspiration for a high quality, forward looking education system for all. The national curriculum for schools provides the framework for teaching and learning, and the development of standards for teaching is used for assessing teacher performance. Applicants for the MTeach must demonstrate a high level of performance in a relevant subject and a strong inclination to teach. This change has been challenging for the stakeholders who need the assurance that sufficient candidates will come forward and who want to see evidence of improved performance of both teachers and their students. Changing the system of teacher education to achieve Masters level outcomes is challenging for all involved. We will draw on a range of data sources to explore the issues and the achievements and to evaluate the progress. We also explored the issues at both personal and system levels and report the effect of the strategies used to overcome them. It goes without saying that realising teacher quality is multi-dimensional enterprise. The case of this small state taking progressive steps to change its system of teacher education will add to our knowledge of what is possible and how.
Masitah Shahrill, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam
Jainatul Halida Jaidin, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam
Sallimah M. Salleh, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam
Rosmawijah Jawawi, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam
Stream: Higher education
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