ERIC Number: EJ803379
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
More than Just Worksheets?: A Study of the Confidence of Newly Qualified Teachers of English in Teaching Personal, Social and Health Education in Secondary Schools
Evans, Carol; Evans, Bethan
Pastoral Care in Education: An International Journal for Pastoral Care & Personal-Social Education, v25 n4 p42-50 Dec 2007
This paper addresses concerns regarding the preparedness of newly qualified teachers to deliver Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) in the United Kingdom in relation to the training received during Initial Teacher Education and through early Continuing Professional Development. The paper is situated not only within a context where OfSTED has questioned the adequacy of some non-specialist PSHE teachers but also one where, due to a range of social and health concerns centred on young people, schools and teachers are being expected to play an increasingly important role in the social and health education of their pupils. As such, PSHE is increasingly seen as important across all curriculum areas. This paper relates specifically to the confidence of trainee and newly qualified teachers of English in teaching PSHE in secondary schools in the United Kingdom. Drawing on questionnaire data collected from recent Professional Graduate Certificate in Education graduates, the paper suggests that trainee and newly qualified teachers have the skills and knowledge drawn from their main subject (English) to deliver PSHE; however, many lack confidence and awareness to acknowledge these skills. The paper suggests that this situation may be addressed through increased opportunity to deliver and receive feedback on PSHE teaching during initial teacher training.
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Preservice Teacher Education, Secondary Schools, Health Education, Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Professional Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Beginning Teachers, Educational Needs, Secondary School Teachers, Knowledge Base for Teaching, English Teachers, Questionnaires, Self Efficacy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom