This article was published in Teaching and Teacher Education, Volume 26, Issue 2, Author(s): Wan Ng, Howard Nicholas and Alan Williams, “School Experience Influences on Pre-service Teachers' Evolving Beliefs about Effective Teaching“, Pages 278-289, Copyright Elsevier (February 2010).
This study systematically tracked a group of 37 pre-service teachers' evolving beliefs about and perceptions of themselves and their experiences from the initial data collection prior to any experiential base in schools through the varied phases of their professional placements involving steadily increasing levels of professional responsibility.
The results indicated that the pre-service teachers' beliefs about good teaching evolved from a belief in being in control through expertise to a belief in being in control through charisma and building relationship with their students.
The first teaching practicum experience dramatically challenged the beliefs of these students where the beliefs indicated immediately after the experience to be more focused on ‘self’ rather than students. Subsequent belief structures differed in character from both those after the first teaching experience and from those held prior to the first teaching responsibility.
The study also reports on the pre-service students' self-efficacy beliefs in good teaching. Gender differences are also discussed.