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Coping, Confidence and Alienation: The Early Experience of Trainee Teachers in English Further Education
The current article examines what both in-service and pre-service trainee teachers learn from their early experience of teaching in further education (FE) colleges in England. This article draws on data gathered between 2005 and 2009 from two separate projects. The studies on which this article is based, indicate that many trainee teachers in FE colleges, pre-service or in-service, encounter isolation, poor support and little guidance, however well they manage these conditions. However, the understanding of alienation employed in this article helps to highlight the importance of control and agency in teachers’ development.
Updated: Nov. 18, 2013