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ERIC Number: EJ897329
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1366-4530
"Losing the Joy": Student Teachers' Experiences of Problematic Relations with Host Teachers on School Placement
Johnston, David H.
Teacher Development, v14 n3 p307-320 Aug 2010
School placement is an essential part of student teachers' professional learning. Yet in Scotland, as elsewhere, there is evidence of inconsistency in the nature and quality of the support that students receive in schools. This article draws on data from 16 Secondary English student teachers on the one-year Professional Graduate Diploma in Education in a Scottish university and focuses on their experiences of problematic working relations with class teachers in two related school contexts: an informal, socio-cultural context and a professional context. The article seeks to problematise school placement, challenging uncontested notions of its inherent value to professional learning. Findings suggest that the kind of relations that students are able to forge on placement with professional colleagues significantly affects their capacity for professional growth in a range of ways. The implications for developing partnership relations between Initial Teacher Education programmes, local authorities and placement schools are, finally, considered. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)