The views of five participating undergraduate students of the Student Associates Scheme in England

BEVINS, S., BRODIE, M. and BRODIE, E. (2010). The views of five participating undergraduate students of the Student Associates Scheme in England. Teacher development, 14 (1), 29-44.

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    This paper reports findings from a study which explored undergraduate perceptions of the Student Associates Scheme in England (SAS). The scheme was established by the Training and Development Agency for Schools in an attempt to increase the number of graduates entering the teaching profession, particularly in shortage subjects such as the physical sciences and mathematics. The scheme places undergraduate students on short-term placements in secondary schools throughout England to provide them with experiences that may encourage them to consider teaching as a career option. Findings show that the SAS school placements were a positive experience for the students participating in this study. However, a question emerged as to whether or not the scheme is targeting students who have yet to decide upon teaching as a career or just reinforcing the existing aspirations of students who have already decided to teach. As the scheme is attempting to increase the number of teachers entering the profession this question has important implications for this study and further work which will focus on undergraduates who think that their career ambitions would not be fulfilled by teaching.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: qualitative, teaching practice, teacher education, student placements
    Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Science Education
    Identification Number: 10.1080/13664531003696550
    Depositing User: Caroline Fixter
    Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2010 11:55
    Last Modified: 01 Dec 2011 01:18

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