Title

Making the personal professional: Pre-service teacher education and personal histories

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Taylor & Francis Ltd

Faculty

Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

School

Education

RAS ID

1259

Comments

Originally published as: Trotman, J., & Kerr, T. (2001). Making the personal professional: Pre-service teacher education and personal histories. Teachers and teaching, 7(2), 157-171. Original article available here

Abstract

Pre-service teachers tend to use their personal experiences as critical filters in accepting and integrating course content that is intended to develop professional decision-making frameworks. This may restrict their abilities to deal with pedagogical issues associated with the acceptance of diversity and individuality, and encourage an unthinking acceptance of the status quo in classrooms, schools and society. To address this problem and nurture the growth of 'reflective practitioners', we structured the content and experiences of one unit of the Graduate Diploma of Education (secondary) to allow for the integration of personal life histories with other views and perspectives. This paper reports on the use of this life-history approach, its potential and its limitations.

DOI

10.1080/13540600120054955

 
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Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1080/13540600120054955