With the establishment of the School of Education, the University of Innsbruck is the first university in Austria to have its own faculty for the professionalization of teachers. In doing so, she takes an ambitious step towards the scientifically sound education of future teachers. Last Friday, the School of Education was officially opened. The School of Education at the University of Innsbruck is Austria’s only faculty for teacher education. Teacher training requires this institutional anchorage because it gives it status and thus the best for the teaching profession. Thus, the University of Innsbruck sends out a signal that teacher education needs and trains students with the highest level of efficiency. “In qualifying at the highest scientific level, the School of Education contributes to the importance of teachers as ‘architects of the future’ and the strategic importance of teacher education for society. The future of the school requires the commitment and expertise of highly qualified teachers in the current state of science, “says Dean Univ.-Prof. Mag. Michael Schratz. The main aim of founding the School of Education is to create a place where the professionalisation of prospective teachers will be concentrated. “The apprenticeship profession should become a fully developed profession, it is a profession in the approach and the tasks. Now he also has to get the status of a profession “, says Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ilse Schrittesser, Institute Director at the Institute for Teacher Education and School Research.
dentity Foundation in Teacher Education Teacher education remains highly fragmented to this day. Subjects, subject didactics, school practice, educational science as well as school education are sub-areas which find their union in the person of the students, but are not summarized in one place and in one curriculum. These are problems that exist at all German-speaking universities, but which must be remedied. “The institute for didactics newly established at the School of Education bundles the didactic education of future teachers and proves to be the most comprehensive specialized didactic cooperation in the Austrian university landscape due to numerous national and international research projects. At the same time, the Institute for Specialist Didactics guarantees a close connection with the subjects that our students attend “, says Univ.-Prof. Mag. Barbara Hinger, MA, Director of the Institute for Didactics. In order to capture the fragmentation, collaborations are sought with schools such as grammar schools and new middle schools, in order to show the students the whole spectrum of pupil populations and to enable them to gain insight into as many school structures as possible. “One of the tasks of the School of Education will be to bring school practice closer to teacher education. We need the interface between school practice and the School of Education, just as university clinics train doctors who are very close to the university. And not just as places where the internships are completed, but as places of practice research and human resources development, “says Schrittesser. “At the same time, the implementation of applied didactics research closely related to academic reality guarantees an empirical as well as theory-based education of future teachers, such as the projects for the standardized maturity examination of foreign languages or those of Dr. med. Kapelari-led EU projects to promote forward-looking science education, “adds Hinger.