The development of the professional values and practice standard in the secondary graduate initial teacher training route in England

HOLLAND, M. R., BOYLAN, M. and LOWE, G. (2005). The development of the professional values and practice standard in the secondary graduate initial teacher training route in England. In: Teachers and Their Educators: Standards and Development: 30th Annual Conference of the Association of Teacher Educators in Europe, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 22-26 October.

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    Abstract

    The paper reports on a pilot research project to investigate how trainee teachers develop an understanding of the competences that must be reached in the area of professional practice and values , which is one of the standards that needs to be met before the award of Qualified Teacher Status in England. Data were collected from secondary trainee teachers, their placement mentors in schools and university tutors. Data have been interpreted in the context of potential threats to the professionalism of teachers, through the introduction of managerialist influences in public funded education. The main findings are: that trainees think that the most dominant influence on developing understanding of professional values are their school placements ; there were little differences in the responses from four subject areas studied ; mentors and other lead teachers play an important role in the development of understanding of professional values; the grades awarded by mentors when assessing professional practice and values varies between the four subjects studied. The explanation for these findings is complex and is related to the understanding and interpretation of the standard by both mentors and trainee teachers. The findings highlight some of the difficulties in attempting to assess competency standards in an area that is underpinned by values and suggest that initial teacher training can best assist the development of the standard when it is approached in a critical way by all parties.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Additional Information: Paper presented at Teachers and Their Educators: Standards and Development: 30th Annual Conference of the Association of Teacher Educators in Europe, 22-26 October, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Education and Inclusion Research
    Depositing User: Ann Betterton
    Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2008
    Last Modified: 21 Dec 2010 11:30
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/145

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