Source: Teaching and Teacher Education, Volume 24, Issue 8, November 2008, P. 2076-2086
The paper evaluates a programme of short alternative placements for final-year B.Ed. students in Northern Ireland. This programme aims to broaden student teachers’ experience and develop their transferable skills.
The alternative placement programme is set first in an international context of evolving pre-service field placements and then set in a local context marked by a surplus of teachers; a Revised Curriculum that emphasises the importance of employability, lifelong learning, and enterprise and entrepreneurship; and the introduction of the Extended Schools programme. The evaluation is based on feedback from the 2007 to 2008 cohort of students whose comments confirm the value of exposing student teachers to non-traditional educational environments.