ERIC Number: EJ1091639
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
The Preparation of Pre-Service Student Teachers' Competence to Work in Schools
Tang, Sylvia Y. F.; Cheng, May M. H.; Wong, Angel K. Y.
Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, v42 n2 p149-162 2016
Competence to work in schools is an important dimension of professional competence, although it is often a neglected dimension of teacher development. This article reports a qualitative study that examined student teachers' learning experiences in initial teacher education (ITE) in relation to competence to work in schools. In-depth interviews were conducted with 12 student teachers on an undergraduate ITE programme in Hong Kong. The findings of the study show that competence to work in schools is characterised by student teachers' deep contextualised learning. In addition, it offers a deeper understanding of this competence in the ITE context by identifying its three facets, namely understanding of the micro-political realities of schools, social capital building and social strategies. The study provides insights for ITE and schools to support student teachers' development of their competence to work in schools, including the design of ITE curricula, ITE processes and co-curricular activities in undergraduate studies. Moreover, it suggests the importance of developing schools as growth-fostering and positive micro-political sites for ITE fieldwork and teacher induction.
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Teachers, Student Teaching, Learning Experience, Competence, Readiness, Undergraduate Students, Semi Structured Interviews, Foreign Countries, Social Capital, Instructional Design, Curriculum Development, Field Instruction, Student Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong