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Pre-service teachers’ perceptions of the support, challenges and opportunities associated with teaching out-of-field

conference contribution
posted on 2015-07-18, 00:00 authored by Linda HobbsLinda Hobbs, Coral CampbellCoral Campbell
While pre-service teacher (PST) education programs prepare teachers for certain specialisations, the reality is that many secondary teachers will be expected to teach out-of-field, especially in Australia. Do universities have a role to play in preparing teachers for out-of-field teaching? At the very least, they should aim to produce adaptable, well-informed, capable teachers. This project uses case study methodology to examine teacher educator and PST perceptions relating to the role that universities play in preparing teachers for a reality that is likely to include out-of-field teaching. This paper focuses on PST perceptions of the associated expected support, challenges and opportunities. A small PST survey sample and PST interviews have shown that there is general positivity towards this practice, around the opportunities that can emerge, and an expectation of support accessibility; but diversity surrounds the challenges, suggesting a variation in respondents’ capacity to cope with the challenges that might emerge. Implications for teacher education are discussed.

History

Pagination

213-224

Location

Braga, Portugal

Start date

2014-08-25

End date

2014-08-27

ISBN-13

9789081563987

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed, E Conference publication

Copyright notice

[2015, Association for Teacher Education in Europe]

Title of proceedings

ATEE 2014 : Transitions in Teacher Education and Professional Identities

Event

Association for Teacher Education in Europe. Conference (39th : 2014 : Braga, Portugal)

Publisher

Association for Teacher Education in Europe

Place of publication

Brussels, Belgium