This paper reports the initial findings of a study about the learning process of 17 pre-service kindergarten teachers in a higher diploma programme at a vocational training institute in Hong Kong. The existing literature regards experiential learning as a reflective process that allows student teachers to make new meaning from learning experiences gained during their training. However, these reflective processes lack commonality, and the findings are rarely situated in the context of vocational education. In this regard, empirical data were gathered as evidence of how student teachers develop their ideas of competence in a vocational training programme based on the perspective of Kolb’s experiential learning model. This paper addresses the further implications for programme administrators, institutional fieldwork supervisors and researchers. Copyright © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
CitationCheng, T. L. (2022). How do student teachers develop the ideas of teacher competence during the vocational training programme in Hong Kong context? International Journal of Training Research, 20(2), 178-193. https://doi.org/10.1080/14480220.2021.1991435
- Kindergarten teacher education
- Teacher training
- Pre-service teacher
- Vocational education