Building quality sustainable relationships between higher education institutions in the field of education is becoming a policy priority for most European countries, particularly those in transition. Starting with a context in which teacher training is being delivered (globalisation of education and of all aspects of life; social shifts; the development of new information and communication technologies, changes in the labour framework and the value systems) and moving through the notions of teacher college cooperation, the core qualities of partnerships, the significance of partnership-building for improving teacher training, the partnership models developed in pedagogic theory and practice, and the strategic educational documentation, the authors of this paper deal with one aspect of this problem – examining teacher training college partnerships in the domain of professional and scientific cooperation. The goal of the theoretical analysis is to identify conceptual determinants and varieties of partnership models in teaching and research. The paper points to some guidelines and suggestions for future empirical research in this area as a contribution to promoting this problematization.
Marina Ilić is assistant at the Užice Teachers College, University of Kragujevac.
Dr Žana Bojović is associate professor at the Užice Teachers College, University of Kragujevac.
Prof Danijela Vasilijević is professor at the Užice Teachers College, University of Kragujevac.
This paper was produced under the Užice Teachers College led project Teaching and learning: problems, goals and perspective (179026), funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia.