Teacher training for political science PhD students in Europe: determinants of a tool for enhanced teaching in higher education

Pleschová, G. and Simon, E. ORCID: 0000-0002-1174-8650, 2009. Teacher training for political science PhD students in Europe: determinants of a tool for enhanced teaching in higher education. Journal of Political Science Education, 5 (3), pp. 233-249. ISSN 1551-2169

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In this paper we examine the state of teacher training for political science PhD candidates in the European Union and make a comparison with the situation in the United States. We investigate the determinants of supply and demand of teacher training. On the supply side, we suggest that research orientation and quality assurance are factors that might enhance institutional willingness to provide training. On the demand side, we examine the influence of gender, career plans, year of study, and career status on student motivation to undergo teacher training. We find that about half of EU institutions offering PhD programs also provide some form of teacher training; this closely follows American trends. We also uncover that while research orientation has a significant positive effect on the willingness of universities to provide training in pedagogy, quality assurance does not. Of the four factors we put forward as potential influences on student demand for teacher training, only future plans have a significant effect. We argue that similarities in the situation of teacher training in the United States and the European Union make transatlantic dialogue in graduate education worthwhile. Moreover, the positive impact of teacher training on the quality of teaching and learning as well as the positive valuation of training by more than two-thirds of PhD students in our sample makes us conclude that teacher training should be more widely available.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Political Science Education
Creators: Pleschová, G. and Simon, E.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2009
Volume: 5
Number: 3
ISSN: 1551-2169
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 14 Aug 2019 08:33
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2019 09:46
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/37287

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