The volume, “Teacher Education Matters. Transforming lives … transforming schools”, edited by Christopher Bezzina and Sandro Caruana, is a collection of papers written by academics from the Faculty of Education. It celebrates the Faculty’s 40th anniversary (1978-2018) while providing a comprehensive view of research carried out by the authors and their engagement in their respective educational fields. The common thread is represented by the Faculty’s involvement in society and by the contribution that academics make to educational developments, in line with the principle that education is a lifelong and lifewide journey.
Over the past forty years, the Faculty of Education, University of Malta, has established itself strongly both locally and internationally. Several members of staff have achieved recognition both through publications in their respective fields and by means of their outreach initiatives.
Contributions have been made in various fields, from the Sciences to the Arts, and also through textbooks for schools, engagement in the community and collaboration with stakeholders. Over the years the Faculty has invested heavily in its initial teacher education programmes, to the extent that today practically all fully-qualified teachers in Maltese schools, including the State and non-State sectors, are alumni of the Faculty. It has also branched out into various sectors of education, offering courses in different areas of specialization, at all levels of tertiary education.