ERIC Number: EJ778795
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
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Who Becomes a Teacher? The Characteristics of Student Teachers in Four Countries
Coultas, Julie C.; Lewin, Keith M.
International Journal of Educational Development, v22 n3-4 p243-260 Apr-Jul 2002
This paper reviews the characteristics of students entering initial training in four countries--Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, and Trinidad and Tobago. First a brief overview of the teacher education systems is provided. Second, biographical data is reviewed on age, religious affiliation, ethnic group and mother tongue, parental occupations and academic achievement, and students' educational qualifications. Third, some insights into trainees' perceptions about teaching and the teaching profession are presented. Finally, comparisons are made for two countries on cross-sectional data comparing the perceptions of entering and exiting trainees and newly qualified teachers. The results draw attention to the qualities and perceptions that those on initial training programmes bring to the teacher education curriculum. They provide a reminder that teacher education curricula should recognise these characteristics and be designed to respond to needs that they create.
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Student Teachers, Teaching (Occupation), Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Education Programs, Ethnic Groups, Qualifications, Foreign Countries, Trainees, Student Characteristics, Religious Cultural Groups, Age Differences, Racial Differences, Language Usage, Parents, Employment Level, Academic Achievement, Student Teacher Attitudes, Cross Cultural Studies
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Identifiers - Location: Ghana; Lesotho; Malawi; Trinidad and Tobago