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ERIC Number: EJ780355
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0261-9768
Student Teachers' Perception of Their Role and Responsibilities as Catholic Educators
Coll, Roisin
European Journal of Teacher Education, v30 n4 p445-465 Nov 2007
This article is concerned with 26 primary and secondary student teachers' early perception of themselves as Catholic educators in Scotland. It analyses their perspectives on what it means to be a Catholic teacher, what is expected of them by the Church and what motivated them to choose this particular career path. Discussion of these issues reveals an astute awareness of their role in the Catholic sector but a deep apprehension about their ability to succeed in fulfilling this. Their religious biographies and identities highlight much about the Scottish context of which they are a part, yet their responses to faith indicate differing levels of confidence in teaching, particularly with regard to the content of the Religious Education curriculum which they are expected to implement. The challenge these students present to the major stakeholders in Scottish education is to provide them with adequate support in developing their own faith--and knowledge and understanding of it--in order to enable them to carry out their role as Catholic teachers effectively within the state-funded system.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)