Source: European Journal of Teacher Education, Volume 37, Issue 1, 2014, pages 18-34
Deliberate practice is increasingly recognised as necessary for professional development.
This article explores in what ways student teachers’ learning activities in a teacher education programme can be characterised as deliberate practice.
Based on an in-depth exploration of 574 learning activities, the results highlight the different ways in which activities in teacher education programmes can be designed, the different motivations students have to engage in them repetitively, and different ways in which feedback can be organised, within contextual constraints posed by all professional environments.
Results also indicate that self-improvement is not the only motivation for engaging in deliberate practice for student teachers, as pupil improvement is also considered important. These results support a context-specific operationalisation of deliberate practice and provide starting points for teacher education programmes to promote deliberate practice in their curriculum.