Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Teaching Practice in England: Formal and Informal Support Structures (It All Becomes Clear When Discussing over a Beer!)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Teaching Practice in England: Formal and Informal Support Structures (It All Becomes Clear When Discussing over a Beer!)

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Anthony Laker, East Carolina University, and Susan Lea, University of Plymouth

The purpose of the study was to investigate the experience of teaching practice (TP) using an interpretive research paradigm. The study was an attempt to understand the world of TP through the students' eyes. The introduction of a National Curriculum for physical education in schools and a National Curriculum for initial teacher training has considerably formalized the pattern of teacher training in physical education in England and Wales. There is a need to examine how student teachers work within such a framework and to determine whether their experiences of TP contribute meaningfully to their development as teachers. A sample of students was interviewed following their last TP. These students were in their last year of a 4-year Bachelor of Education degree at a university in southern England. Students that follow this route to qualified teacher status have a series of school placement experiences spread throughout the 4 years. A quarter (n = 13) of the cohort was selected for interview. They were typical a nd representative of the cohort. The interviews were semistructured and focused on categories that originated from inspection of postly "reflection" sheets written by the participants while on TP. …

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