Re-envisioning teacher preparation and development: Voices of teaching advisers

Wai Kwan Alice CHOW, Kwok Sang SO, Yee Fan Sylvia TANG, Yuet Wah Ruth YU-WU

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Abstract

Whilst institute-school partnerships have been investigated extensively as potentially valuable routes for the professional preparations of student teachers (Booth, Furling and Wilkin, 1990; McCullough and Fidler, 1994), considerably less is known as to how co-operating teachers/ teaching advisers process their roles and the nature of effect of their dynamic relationships with student teachers on their own professional lives. This paper attempts to present the voices of four teaching advisers who participated in the Honorary Teaching Adviser Scheme of an initial teacher education programme in Hong Kong. Data collected through semi-structured interviews, lesson observations, and post-observation conferences present a general picture of the challenges and promises of the Scheme as perceived by the teaching advisers on their own professional growth. Findings point to the need for re- envisioning the full potential of mentoring in teacher preparation and continuing professional development. Data from a previous study will also be contrasted to illustrate teachers' progression from resistance to readiness to assume an expanding role in teacher preparation. The paper will conclude with suggestions for fostering an effective and productive professional learning experience for both student teachers and teaching advisers.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2001

Citation

Chow, A., So, K. S., Tang, S. Y. F., & Yu Wu, R. Y. W. (2001, September). Re-envisioning teacher preparation and development: Voices of teaching advisers. Paper presented at European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2001, Universite Charles de Gaulle, Lille, France.

Keywords

  • Teacher Education
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development

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