|The challenges facing the development of Work-Based Learning in International Contexts|
The challenges of educational change are well documented (Fullan, 2001a, 2001b, 2003; Hargreaves, 1994). This is particularly true of the problems of changing teachers' perceptions of teaching and learning and their practice. Reforming the teaching profession has not proved to be easy, despite expensive attempts to introduce national reforms (Earl, 2003). Most research in this field has either focused on issues of change in a local or national context, with occasional international comparisons, but normally of similar systems (Hargreaves and Fink, 2006). This two-year project will examine attempts at major institutional change in Ismaili Religious Education Centres (RECs), through the introduction of a new Secondary Teacher Education Programme (STEP). These centres are in five different countries - Canada, the USA, India, Pakistan and Tajikistan. This project would take the rare opportunity of looking at the challenges of changing work practice in five countries through work-related learning in a sixth, the UK.