Teacher concerns of the novice primary teachers: Implications for teacher education

May Hung May CHENG, Wing Mui Winnie SO, Chiao Liang Joseph TSANG

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Initial teacher education is a vital phase in which the student-teachers acquire the knowledge and skills to become a responsible teacher to promote pupils learning. Research has shown that shifts in teacher concerns is an indication of professional maturity. Hence, investigations on teacher concerns provides a substantial basis for planning and implementing teacher education programmes. The present study aims to portrait the professional maturity of the student-teachers at the exit point of the teacher education programme. The teacher concerns of the student-teachers at the point of graduation of the initial primary teacher education programme is identified through a quantitative study. Follow-up interviews were conducted to find out the influencing factors on the perception of the student-teachers. Drawing from the result, implications on the design of initial and further teacher education programmes are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1999


student teacher
professional maturity


Cheng, M. M. H., So, W. W. M., & Tsang, J. C. L. (1999, February). Teacher concerns of the novice primary teachers: Implications for teacher education. Paper presented at the International Conference on Teacher Education 1999: Teaching Effectiveness and Teacher Development in the New Century, Hong Kong Institute of Education, China.