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ERIC Number: EJ881989
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0260-7476
Impoverishing Experience: The Problem of Teacher Education in England
Ellis, Viv
Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, v36 n1 p105-120 Feb 2010
Pre-service teacher education in England has been essentially school-based since 1992. The article offers a critique of this design from the perspective of a practitioner and researcher working in one of its most influential schemes. The fundamental problem described concerns an impoverished understanding of experience that underpins how beginning teachers are intended to learn in schools. The problem is not one of evaluating experience as adequate in terms of exemplary practices, but about the capacity within the teacher education system for critically examining the meaning of experience in order to develop professional knowledge. The article suggests that the ontological and epistemological dimensions of experience need to be brought into a dialogue if the potential of experiential learning for pre-service teachers is to be realised. (Contains 1 figure and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)