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ERIC Number: EJ813830
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1470-3297
Perceptions of Teacher Roles in an Experience-Rich Teacher Education Programme
Hattingh, Annemarie; de Kock, D. M.
Innovations in Education and Teaching International, v45 n4 p321-332 Nov 2008
Prospective teachers enrolling for teacher education programmes often bring with them fixed images and beliefs about the roles they see themselves fulfilling in the teaching profession. The aim of this research was to uncover, firstly, "beginning student teachers' initial perceptions of the roles that they see themselves performing," and secondly, "to understand how, after authentic school-based experiences, the student teachers have subsequently (re)arranged their perceptions of teacher roles." Interviews were conducted based on visual collages that the student teachers constructed and analysed by means of metaphorical lenses. We found that the teacher education programme with its strong focus on the teacher-as-self had indeed challenged some of the traditional roles that student teachers saw themselves fulfilling. One such significant change was revealed by their assertions that they cannot be sole knowledge providers but must rather be facilitators of learning, challenging students through the design of powerful learning environments to use the multiple information sources of the knowledge age. Another overwhelming role perception was that of Mother (caring and nurturing) elicited by the HIV/Aids pandemic, which would leave many learners orphaned in the Southern African context. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa