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The overall aim of the PLA is to explore and define the conditions for the successful organisation and implementation of policies on practical classroom training during initial Teacher Education, by analyzing policy examples from different countries and sharing points of view and approaches.

PLA meeting in Vilnius seek to analyze one aspect of teacher training - preparation for teacherís profession and meeting national as well as EU requirements for teacherís professional competences. Teaching practices at school served as binoculars to look at subject teachers training in Universities.

PLA discussed and shared policies and practices in initial teachers training concerning professional education in higher education institutions. PLA participants have been asked to present their own examples of professional training, for example: content of studies and their correspondence to the needs and requirements of education systems and schools, preparation for teaching in universities and practicing at schools, measurement of professional competences through preparation for teaching and practicing at schools and etc.

PLA encouraged open and professional discussions on wider educational contexts that interrelate with current topic. The final aim was to discuss examples of preparation for teachers profession and find out what are the policy conditions for the successful implementation of classroom practices in ITE (including how the different actors prepare students to undertake teaching practice and how studentsí experiences of teaching practice is integrated into their learning).

PLA focused for subject teachers training for lower and upper secondary schools levels.

11 countries participated in this PLA: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom.
The host country was Lithuania.
Place - Ministry of Education and Science, Volano str. 2/7, Vilnius
Accommodation - Hotel Atrium, Pilies str. 10, Vilnius






Policy approaches to Practical Classroom Training in ITE / Paul Holdsworth

Practical Classroom Training in Lithuanian secondary schools: models, changes, innovations / Marija Barkauskaite, Elvyra Peciuliauskiene

Practical Classroom Training in Denmark / Ditte Soebro

  Teaching Competencies and Initial Teacher Training in England / John Carr

System of training lower secondary school teachers in Flanders / Stijn Dhert, Liesbeth Hens

Classroom practice of the new teacher education master in Hungary / Csilla Steger

Initial and practical classroom training according students point of view: European exchange experience / Daiva Penkauskiene

Reflections on teaching practice and first years of teaching at school / Dalia Tumanoviene

Impressions of the beginning chemistry teacher / Roman Voronovich

Competences of student teachers: international context / Vitalija Graziene

Student teachersí preparation for classroom practice; professional competencies (in terms of knowledge, skills, approaches) / Vilma Leonaviciene

Vilnius Simonas Daukantas gymnasium / Jolanta Knyviene

Teaching practice at school / Nida Kozemiakaite

Descriptors of studentsí performance



photographer Gabriele Tervidyte

Reading materials

Indicators on Initial Teacher Education

Beginner Teachersí Experiences of Initial Teacher Preparation, Induction and Early Professional Development: A review of literature

Improving the Quality of Teacher Education

European Network on Teacher Education Policies (ENTEP)

Entep Coordination Note/1/May 2004

Entep Coordination Note/5/October 2001

Common European Principles for Teacher Competences and Qualifications

Draft conclusions of the Council and of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States, meeting within the Council, on improving the quality of teacher education

Kate Jacques. From universities to schools: story of radical change in teacher education in England

Michael Schratz. What is an "European Teacher"?

Documents on TE in Lithuania

Teacher Education Curriculum in Lithuania

Lithuanian Conception on Teacher Training

Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania: Order on the Approval of the Description of Professional Competences of Teachers

Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania: Order on the Approval of the Description of the Competencies of the School Principal

Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania: Description Of General Requirements For Masterís Study Programmes

Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania: Order on the Approval of the Regulations for the In-Service Training of School Principals, their Deputies for Education of State-Run and Municipal Schools, Heads of the Divisions Organising Education, Teachers, and Experts Providing Assistance to Learners

Useful links

About PLA

About Lithuania

About Vilnius

Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania

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