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ERIC Number: EJ768802
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0260-7476
Countering Insularity in Teacher Education: Academic Work on Pre-Service Courses in Nursing, Social Work and Teacher Education
Murray, Jean
Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, v33 n3 p271-291 Aug 2007
This article compares the practices of teacher educators with those of academics working as educators on pre-service courses for nurses and social workers. It includes a framework for analyzing professional education work, which conceptualizes the educators as "second order practitioners." The findings of the study show that similar missions, composed of four elements--teaching in higher education, research or scholarship, contribution to the original professional field, and service to the university--underpin professional practices. Other similarities across the three groups included: engagement in complex pedagogies; struggling to engage in "valid" research; and perceptions that their departments had low status in higher education. The study shows the tensions created for professional educators when they attempt to meet the imperatives of both higher education and their original professional fields. The findings illuminate generic issues about what is termed "second order practice," and indicate directions for countering insularity in teacher education. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)