The impact of the social environment on the student teacher’s agency

Charlotte Meierdirk

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    Abstract

    This paper explores the agency of student teachers during the Post/Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) year at a Higher Education Institution in England. It presents part of the findings of a year-long investigation into the reflective practice of student teachers during the PGCE year. The multi-method study includes surveying student teachers (n = 101) and longitudinal interviews with student teachers (n = 6). One of the aims of the study was to investigate the impact of the social environment on the student teacher. The research analysis found that the complex environment the student teachers exist in can be both supportive and constraining.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)33-46
    Number of pages14
    JournalTeaching Education
    Volume29
    Issue number1
    Early online date3 Jul 2017
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2018

    Keywords

    • Teacher education
    • habitus
    • social field
    • Bourdieu
    • agency
    • student teacher

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