Re-examining the culture of learning in ITE: engaging with the new demands of the 21st century

Fisher, Annie, Russell, Karen, MacBlain, Sean, Purdy, Noel, Curry, Audrey and MacBlain, Angela (2010) Re-examining the culture of learning in ITE: engaging with the new demands of the 21st century. Critical and Reflective Practice in Education, 2. ISSN 2040-4735

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This paper argues that in the 21st. Century, it is now more vital than ever to engage Initial Teacher Training (pre service) students with their own learning. It suggests in this challenging enterprise, university departments need to do more than deliver a mandated curriculum and a programme of ‘remedial academic writing’. Tutors need to enact, through practice, a belief that ‘ability’ is not fixed; that ‘knowledge’ is uncertain, and that understanding is constructed through discussion & engagement. In this way they can better prepare their students for the challenges of working in schools in the 21st. century. The paper suggests that examining the creation of ‘Learning to Learn’ environments, considering the role played by epistemology, and reconsidering the role of dialogue, are powerful ways of positioning current practice, particularly, as student teachers and their tutors are all concerned with the business of learning, and more specifically, teaching children. There is more to learning than acquiring a body of professional knowledge. The paper forms part of an on-going three year study supported by ESCalate.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Initial teacher education, academic writing, epistemology
Depositing User: Ms Raisa Burton
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2020 14:40
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2020 14:40

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