ERIC Number: EJ993956
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
Troops to Teaching: Lessons from English Teaching Assistants' Experiences of Foundation Degree Study
Smith, Paul H.
Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, v38 n5 p525-537 2012
This article explores the suggestion that the UK should follow the lead of the United States and establish "Troops to Teaching" programmes. In particular, it examines the worth of the suggestion that non-graduate qualifications similar to those that have been designed for teaching assistants might be usefully employed to achieve this. In England, foundation degree study has typically been the route followed by teaching assistants who have decided that they would like to become qualified teachers. The value of adopting such an approach, in relation to the UK coalition government's desire to establish a viable "Troops to Teaching" programme, is specifically explored. Research which has investigated English school-based teaching assistants' experiences of participating in foundation degree study is drawn upon to interrogate this theme.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Assistants, Educational Experience, Alternative Teacher Certification, Introductory Courses, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Education Programs, Lifelong Learning, Interviews, Ethnography, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Student Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England); United States