Impacting on the socialisation of beginning teachers of health and physical education through collaboration

Year: 1997

Author: McCormack, Ann

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Learning to teach is a complex process and beginning teachers face many influences in their preparation for this role. Recognition of the powerful formal and informal educational processes impacting on the preparation and socialisation of a teacher can assist both teacher educators and teachers to make informed and constructive changes to the way they carry out their work.

Field experience is accepted as a critical element in the professional preparation of beginning teachers. This paper examines how the socialisation constructs related to field experience were addressd for a group of beginning teachers of health and physical education during a final year internship program.

Qualitative data gained from collaborative workshops and triadic conferences together with quantitative data from questionnaires will be presented and discussed. Recommendations and implications for future field experience programs will be explored.