Stepping out of the "ivory tower": an initial teacher educator's experience of returning to the classroom.
Petrie, K.C. (2010). Stepping out of the "ivory tower": an initial teacher educator's experience of returning to the classroom. Waikato Journal of Education, 15(1), 97-112.
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In this article I want to discuss my attempts to make sense of my role and practice as a teacher educator who helps student teachers implement the curriculum in schools and my experiences of engaging in a process of personal professional development. I will demonstrate how a six week experience as a teacher in a primary school challenged my understandings and practices of the what it means to be a teacher in this context, and what the learning experience meant for me as a teacher educator. It is work that explores what it takes to be a teacher of teaching for students who are working towards teaching in primary schools. I report that linking teacher education curriculum with the realities of primary schools has particular challenges.
Faculty of Education, University of Waikato
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