ERIC Number: EJ1053701
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Student Teachers, Socialisation, School Placement and Schizophrenia: The Case of Curriculum Change
Gleeson, J.; O'Flaherty, J.; Galvin, T.; Hennessy, J.
Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, v21 n4 p437-458 2015
The dissonance between the socialisation experiences of student teachers during their own schooling and practicums and university-based teacher education programmes is indicative of the broader theory/practice dichotomy in education. While this dichotomy is of considerable interest to all teacher educators, studies of students' pre- and post-placement professional beliefs are rare. The authors availed of the publication of alternative curriculum pathways for Ireland to investigate the curriculum beliefs of student teachers immediately before and after their final school placement. Important contextual aspects of the study including school and teacher culture and the proposed curriculum pathways are introduced. The stark contrast between student teachers' preferences and their views regarding the feasibility of the various pathways and their commitment to pupil-centred learning are among the main findings of the current study. A positive relationship emerged between respondents' curriculum preferences and their grades in curriculum studies. These emerging themes are considered from the perspectives of student teachers' beliefs about pupil learning, the theory/practice dichotomy and the importance of developing school--university partnerships.
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Student Placement, Schizophrenia, Practicums, Teacher Education Programs, Student Teacher Attitudes, School Culture, Teacher Characteristics, Curriculum, Correlation, Preferences, Grades (Scholastic), Foreign Countries, Attitude Change, Course Content, Evaluation Methods, Teaching Methods, Cultural Influences, Student Surveys, Statistical Analysis, Pretests Posttests, Freedom
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland
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