Everybody wants quality teachers in schools. How are such teachers developed? In this article a model is presented that describes four contexts crucial to the preparation of teachers: the personal, the university, the practicum and the employment contexts. The ways in which these different contexts can and should work together in the education and development of teachers are discussed. The model was developed as a result of a 16 month inductive study into the first year experience of 14 beginning teachers who were graduates of a Bachelor of Education in Primary teaching in an Australian university. Whilst the findings of the study are immediately applicable to the teacher education course under investigation, congruence with findings in other studies, both Australian and international, suggests the model may have applications beyond the university in the study.
Preparing Teachers – The Importance of Connecting Contexts in Teacher Education.
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38(8).