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ERIC Number: EJ787828
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0966-9760
Making a Difference in Children's Lives: The Story of Nancy, a Novice Early Years Teacher in a Jamaican Primary School
Davies, Rose
International Journal of Early Years Education, v16 n1 p3-16 Mar 2008
Good teachers and good teaching have been shown by numerous research studies to be the critical elements which make the difference in effective early years education programs. Becoming a good teacher is a process that begins with initial teacher preparation and progresses through a series of stages from novice through to expert status. It is generally acknowledged in teacher education literature that beginning teachers have much to discover and learn, perhaps over several years, before achieving professional excellence. Therefore a novice teacher demonstrating the attributes and competencies of an expert is likely to be seen as an aberration within the profession. This article shares the story of such a Jamaican teacher, Nancy (pseudonym), newly qualified and teaching grade 1 in an inner-city primary school. Nancy's overall approach to teaching and building relationships with children and parents was exceptional in many respects. In analyzing Nancy's performance as a first-year teacher, the article draws on relevant literature and research on initial teacher preparation programs, constructivist pedagogy and the benefits of effective pedagogy in preschool education programs. The discussion of implications for teacher recruitment and initial teacher preparation practices in Jamaica suggests an urgent need for local colleges to "fast track" their reform toward more constructivist philosophy and practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Grade 1; Preschool Education; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Jamaica