Quality assurance mechanisms in Jordanian primary teacher education programmes.
This study explores the quality assurance mechanisms in primary teacher education
programmes in Jordan in order to examine how the participants perceive the systems in their
programmes. As a point of reference the English experience in quality assurance was
incorporated. The main areas investigated were (i) The components of primary teacher
education programmes in Jordan (the objectives, the theory, the school experience, the
teaching methods, the management system, and facilities) (ii) The problems that hinder the
implementation of the quality assurance systems (iii) Suggestions for promoting quality
assurance (iv) Guidelines for quality assurance obtained from the English teacher education
programmes. Data was collected from all public Jordanian universities that are concerned
with primary teacher education programmes and in 9 English universities and one college.
The three main research methods employed in the research were documentary analysis,
questionnaires, and the interview. It is concluded that quality assurance systems are not
clearly specified or implemented in the primary teacher education programmes in Jordan.
The perceptions of the majority of the participants indicated that they were dissatisfied with
both the components of the programme and the management system. The study argues that
without the co-operation of the people involved in the quality assurance systems, the system
will not totally achieve its objectives. Communication and commitment by all the
participants are essential if quality assurance systems are to be effectively employed.