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Beginning teachers' experience of the workplace learning environment in alternative teacher certification programs: A mixed methods approach

Authors
Journal
Teaching and Teacher Education
0742-051X
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
42
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.tate.2014.05.001
Keywords
  • Workplace Learning
  • Alternative Teacher Certification
  • Teacher Education
  • Beginning Teachers
  • Student Teachers
  • Mixed Methods Research
Disciplines
  • Education

Abstract

Abstract Workplace learning in early entry (EE) teacher education programs has been proposed as an alternative to traditional programs and as bridging the theory-practice gap in teacher education. However, there is little empirical evidence for the underlying assumption that one can become a highly qualified teacher by merely being a teacher. This article discusses to what extent students of teaching in EE programs experience their work environment as a stimulating learning environment. The results of semi-structured interviews and an online survey suggest that schools tend to hinder rather than serve the purpose of workplace learning. Obstructions and supporting conditions are discussed.

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