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Myths, mysteries and mates : the experiences of culturally diverse early childhood student teachers.

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posted on 2006-01-01, 00:00 authored by Janet Moles
An initial finding of a PhD study to explore the experiences of culturally diverse early childhood student teachers was that participants found the first year of study the hardest, with peer friendships being critical to success. Through narrative interviews, recent early childhood teacher education graduates reported that making friends proved to be an important survival strategy, restoring a positive sense of self. Vartuli (2005) highlighted the importance of positive self-perception in student teachers, linking this to ongoing teaching practice. This paper discusses the importance of student friendships in relation to successfully completing the first year of teacher education.

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Journal

New Zealand journal of research in early childhood education

Volume

9

Pagination

145 - 152

Publisher

Childforum Research Network

Location

Porirua, N.Z.

ISSN

1174-6122

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2006, Childforum Research Network

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