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‘Those who fail should not be teachers’: Pre-service Teachers’ Understandings of Failure and Teacher Identity Development
Personal experiences and histories shape teacher identities to a great extent. In the domain of personal experience, however, little is known about how experiences of failure shape the process of becoming a teacher. Gaining this insight, however, is important as failure may define teachers and their work, which can further undermine their resilience. This study examines how 45 pre-service subject teachers make sense of failure with regards to their identity as teachers. The findings reveal various understandings of failure, from both learner and teacher perspective and pre-service teachers’ understanding that the relation between learner and teacher failure is inextricable. Failure is seen as a non-dismissible aspect in their future work as teachers. These findings suggest that experiences and resulting understandings of failure need to be acknowledged as a vital component of teacher education pedagogies in order to assist pre-service teachers in the development of their teacher identity.
Updated: Feb. 13, 2022
Education and Child Poverty in Times of Austerity in Portugal: Implications for Teachers and Teacher Education
This article aimed to examine recent policy documents and other reports on the education sector. It also analysed the ways in which initial teacher education (ITE) deals with poverty issues, within the post-Bologna context, through the voices of student-teachers who have finished their practicum at school. The findings pointed to the deterioration of working conditions at school for teachers. The authors argue that the strategies used by teachers to face poverty situations have made student-teachers more aware of their lack of preparedness to deal with teaching in such a demanding context.
Updated: Jul. 03, 2018
Initial Science Teacher Education in Portugal: The Thoughts of Teacher Educators About the Effects of the Bologna Process
The purpose of this article was to examine how science teacher educators perceived the changes that took place in the formal way of educating junior school and high school science teachers, due to the implementation of the Bologna process guidelines. The findings reveal that participants are not concerned with the change in the type of degree required for teaching. However, they stated that they are concerned about the teaching practice and the science to be taught components. They believe that these components should be strengthened in the post-Bologna masters in teaching. The authors argue that the changes were introduced in Portuguese educational laws. These changes were proved to be consistent with the participants' opinions.
Updated: Apr. 10, 2018
Why Do Student Teachers Enrol for a Teaching Degree? A Study of Teacher Recruitment in Portugal and Sweden
This article reports on findings from an exploratory study carried out in Portugal and Sweden, concerning student teacher recruitment to Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes. It addresses issues such as the motivations and expectations of the student teachers regarding the teaching profession. The discussion comprises two themes: the frame of reference for ITE in the two countries and possible implications for the recruitment process. The findings reveal that female students seem to be attracted to the education field in both countries. What differs is how they enter the field. Another difference relates to when student teachers choose to enter a teaching degree.
Updated: Jan. 18, 2016
‘Tuning’ Education for the Market in ‘Europe’? Qualifications, Competences and Learning Outcomes: Reform and Action on the Shop Floor
This paper examines issues relating to governance and the reform of public policies in the European Union. The author suggests that a managerial agenda for change is developing, seeking to amplify the space for marketisation and control in the educational sphere.
Updated: Jun. 25, 2013
Everyday Life and Everyday Learning: The Ways in which Pre-service Teacher Education Curriculum Can Encourage Personal Dimensions of Teacher Identity
This paper presents and discusses the findings of a research project. The project's main objective is to identify curriculum components that promote personal development as a nuclear part of teacher professional identity formation through pre-service teacher education. The curricula of four different historical periods of pre-service teacher education in Portugal and the professional identity of teachers trained within them were characterised through collection and analysis of documents and biographical narratives. Crossing results from the four periods, the quality of school climate emerges as an important variable to the quality of the teachers’ identity.
Updated: Mar. 20, 2013
The current article examines the major trends in the recent ITE curriculum in the Portuguese context, as a consequence of the Bologna process, which has been in place in European universities over the past few years. The author concludes that there are several issues who need further concern, such as the link between theory and practice and university context and school context, the recruitment and training of mentors and supervisors, and the developing of a training project with and within schools .
Updated: Feb. 06, 2013
Exploratory Learning with Geodromo: Design of Emotional and Cognitive Factors Within an Educational Cross-Media Experience
This article presents Geodromo, which was designed to be an innovative prototype of an educational multimedia infrastructure. The main goal was to provide young students and general public with knowledge of important concepts in several domains—including geology, climate, biology, and archeology—related to the specific context of the Natural Park of Aire and Candeeiros Mountain Range located in the center of Portugal.
Updated: Aug. 08, 2012
This article focuses on the relationship between higher education, employability of graduates and students’ satisfaction with their studies. The article draws on European statistics, as well as on data collected at national and/or institutional level in Portugal and Sweden. Employability has been understood as a measure of higher education quality and one of the issues at stake within the Bologna process. The authors discuss if ‘Bologna’ makes a difference regarding graduate employability and students’ satisfaction with their studies, and how the differences between the countries can be understood.
Updated: Jun. 29, 2010
Conceptions and Knowledge about Childhood in Initial Teacher Training: Changes in Recent Decades and Their Impact on Teacher Professionality, and on Schooling in Childhood
This paper looks at changes in the conceptions of childhood in recent decades, and their contribution to the understanding of the sociabilities and subjectivities that are moulded in school, and how these relate to teachers' initial training. The results are given of a study on conceptions of childhood, expressed in or related to the initial training of teachers in the 1st Basic Education Cycle (CEB), in Portugal since April 1974.
Updated: Dec. 21, 2009