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ERIC Number: EJ813562
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 103
ISSN: ISSN-0267-1522
Student Teachers' Experiences of Initial Teacher Preparation in England: Core Themes and Variation
Hobson, Andrew J.; Malderez, Angi; Tracey, Louise; Giannakaki, Marina; Pell, Godfrey; Tomlinson, Peter D.
Research Papers in Education, v23 n4 p407-433 Dec 2008
Drawing on data generated via large-scale survey and in-depth interview methods, this article reports findings which show that being a student teacher in early-twenty-first-century England is a demanding personal experience which requires considerable engagement and commitment in the face of built-in challenges and risks, and which engenders, for many, highly charged affective responses. Student teachers are centrally concerned during this time with their (changing) identities, their relationships with others and the relevance of course provision. Findings also indicate that, in some respects, student teachers' accounts of their experiences are systematically differentiated according to a number of factors, notably the initial teacher preparation route being followed, their age, and their prior conceptions and expectations of teaching and of learning to teach. These findings are situated in the broader literature on teacher development and some implications for teacher educators are discussed. (Contains 5 tables and 17 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)