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An evaluation of an alternative placement experience for students undertaking primary initial teacher training

An evaluation of an alternative placement experience for students undertaking primary initial teacher training

Green, Michael and Sangster, Margaret (2012) An evaluation of an alternative placement experience for students undertaking primary initial teacher training. Journal of Education for Teaching: International research and pedagogy, 38 (4). pp. 469-482. ISSN 0260-7476 (Print), 1360-0540 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/02607476.2012.688551)

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Abstract

This study is an analysis of the impact on students of their experience of an alternative placement. The placement was run with Year 2 students on a three-year undergraduate initial teacher education degree programme (primary, 3–11) in England. The placement enabled students to have a practical teaching experience in any setting outside the age phase they were training to teach. The analysis is based on a cohort evaluation of the placement (170 students). Data were collected in two ways: through students’ written reflections and their identification of the standards required for Qualified Teacher Status that they experienced. This approach was selected owing to the strong expectations by the UK Government to meet set criteria to qualify as a teacher. There is one direct reference in the standards to learning outside the classroom, but it was found that the students considered they had benefited from the alternative placement by offering opportunities for their professional and personal development in many more areas. The research study found that these areas included learning from other experts, working with colleagues, gaining confidence to teach, experiencing other cultural settings, working with children in informal settings, the importance of personalising learning and, in some cases, experiencing second language teaching.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: alternative placement, learning outside the classroom, personal development, reflection, professional development, initial teacher education
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Education > Department of Primary Education
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:36
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/14463

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