SOME STUDENT PERCEPTIONS OF THEIR COURSE OF PRIMARY TEACHER EDUCATION

Year: 1992

Author: Renwick, Margery, Vize, June

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Abstract:
The main providers of courses of primary teacher education in New Zealand are five colleges of education and one school of education within a university. The colleges are autonomous institutions but all have close links with their local university. Students training to be primary teachers take one of three main routes:
*a three-year course leading to a diploma of teaching. Such students may enrol concurrently at the university.
*conjoint four-year bachelor of education degree course when students take courses at both the university and the college.
*a two-year post-graduate course for students who already have all or more than half of a university degree.

When the fieldwork for the study described in this paper began in l988, most students were enrolled in the three-year diploma course. By the time the fieldwork was completed in l992, major moves had been made towards making primary teaching a graduate profession. A B.Ed. programme has become the norm for primary teacher education. In future, those graduating with a three-year diploma will be the exception.

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