Becoming a Teacher: Tom's Story

By Christine Glass.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Teaching is a complex business and becoming a teacher can be as complicated as the work itself. Pre service teachers bring to their education programs a variety of experiences, coping mechanisms and knowledge of what teachers do and what teaching is. The developing understandings of teaching and teachers’ work and how the pre service teacher might experience this learning is a focus of this paper. The journey of one pre service teacher is outlined as he develops over the twelve months of a Graduate Diploma Program in Primary Education. What he brings to the program; his understandings of teaching and teachers, his personal dispositions his learning and experiences of schools are described in terms of a framework based on the work of Alan Luke and Peter Freebody (1990,1999). The four practices of the pre service teacher are described in order to understand how these interact and can be used to articulate the experience of the pre service teacher.

Keywords: Pre Service Teacher, Teacher Education, Literacy Framework

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 8, pp.133-140. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 507.459KB).

Christine Glass

Lecturer, Division of Arts, School of Education, Murdoch University, Rockingham, Western Australia, Australia

Chris Glass is a lecturer in education at Murdoch University's Rockingham Regional Campus. She is involved in teaching in Primary Literacy Education and has an administrative role as the course advisor for pre service teachers in the initial teacher education program and as the academic coordinator of school experience on this campus. Chris has an extensive background in teaching from Primary to Tertiary level and has worked as an administrator and education consultant in rural and remote communities with a focus on beginning teachers. Her research interests are concerned with teaching and learning and as part of her doctoral studies she is examining the experiences of pre service teachers as they navigate their way through their teacher education program.

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