Learning from the past

an account of an oral history project for students in an early childhood teacher education program

Margaret White, Jennifer Bowes, Laura Cusack, Susan Smith

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Abstract

Engagement of student-teachers with the community of practice they are entering is central to the formation of their identity as an educator. This paper outlines a teaching and research project that enabled early childhood student-teachers to gain insights into the field through interviewing past teachers and reflecting on their practices. In the process, students became aware of the complexities of their chosen profession, alternative teaching practices and different ways of relating with families. Their responses indicated that the experience had an impact on their identity with the profession, their learning about the nature of history and their understanding of research processes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-67
Number of pages13
JournalTeaching Education
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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