Being a Teacher Educator: tensions in the workplace environment of lecturers in teacher education in further education colleges

Boyd, Pete, Allan, Simon and Reale, Paolo (2010) Being a Teacher Educator: tensions in the workplace environment of lecturers in teacher education in further education colleges. In: BERA conference, Sept 1-4 2010, University of Warwick. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This study focuses on the workplace experiences of lecturers in teacher education based in further education colleges in the north of England. In one sense it is a study of a subject specific group of higher education in further education lecturers. However these teacher educators have a critical role in the development of teaching quality within the sector. The study uses a socio-cultural framework and semi-structured interviews to consider the agency, professional learning, and identity of the lecturers within their workplace context. The lecturers present strong student-centred values but experience tensions within their practice as they position themselves in relation to college leadership, partnership university departments and the external quality assurance review body. The paper concludes that these teacher educators working in further education college contexts struggle to maintain their professional values and identity because of perceived heavy teaching workloads and powerful accountability agendas of their external review body which are reinforced by institutional leadership. The paper argues that these teacher educators need to be supported to build stronger networks internally with staff development and quality assurance colleagues and externally within the teacher education sector in order to be able to resolve and manage the workplace contradictions that they experience.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Departments: Research Centres > Learning Education and Development (LED)
Additional Information: This conference paper became available online through informal publication and has been cited as 2010 or 2012
Depositing User: Pete Boyd
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2020 14:24
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2020 14:24
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/5711

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