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ERIC Number: EJ809192
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0742-051X
Alternative Placements in Initial Teacher Education: An Evaluation
Purdy, Noel; Gibson, Ken
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v24 n8 p2076-2086 Nov 2008
The paper evaluates a programme of short alternative placements for final-year B.Ed. students in Northern Ireland, which aims to broaden student teachers' experience and develop their transferable skills. The alternative placement programme is set first in an international context of evolving pre-service field placements and then set in a local context marked by a surplus of teachers; a Revised Curriculum that emphasises the importance of employability, lifelong learning, and enterprise and entrepreneurship; and the introduction of the Extended Schools programme. The evaluation is based on feedback from the 2007 to 2008 cohort of students whose comments confirm the value of exposing student teachers to non-traditional educational environments. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)