Field-based early childhood teacher education : "but are they already teachers ...".

Author: Brennan, M.; Everiss, L.; Mara, D.

Date: 2011

Type: Report

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Despite its long history in early childhood initial teacher education (ITE) programmes, there remains a limited research base about the nature of the field-based approach and more specifically student/tutor interactions in the tertiary classroom. This study adds to a growing area of scholarship that seeks to articulate a distinct pedagogical base to field-based teacher education. The tertiary classroom was chosen as the site of study because it affords researchers and teachers opportunity to place an intense focus on students and tutors 'doing field-based teacher education' and to explore new understandings that sit apart from traditional preservice ITE approaches.

Subjects: Early childhood teachers, Early childhood education, Teacher education, Education Studies

Marsden Codes: 330100