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Hordatt Gentles, Carol C; Newman. Mairette T
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Educating teacher educators for Jamaica: The Master of Arts Programme in Teacher Education and Teacher Development
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57th World Assembly of the International Council on Education (ICET)
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June 25-28, 2013
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Bangkok, Thailand
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https:; www.scribd.com/doc/181431070/ICET-Yearhbook-2013
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536-542
Abstract
As they seek to improve the quality of education, systems of education across the world are beginning to recognise the critical value of the teacher educators’ work. Likewise, recent attempts in the Caribbean through CARICOM and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States(OECS) to draft competencies and standards for teacher educators point to an acknowledgement of the teacher educator as playing an important role in influencing the quality of teachers, teaching, and by extension, student performance. In spite of this recognition, formal programmes that focus on the preparation of teacher educators are rare, so most teacher educators come to teacher education as good teachers with knowledge and skills in their discipline but not necessarily in the pedagogy of their discipline nor in the education of teachers. However, in Jamaica, the School of Education at the University of the West Indies has attempted to address this gap by offering an innovative graduate programme designed to help teacher educators acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to participate in the delivery of good teacher education. This paper describes the programme, the underlying philosophical principles that informed its development, and its curriculum. It highlights the programme’s signature features: an emphasis on second -order teaching and deepening students’ pedagogic reasoning, attention to expanding students’ identity from teacher to teacher educator, as well as giving them the opportunity to critically reflect on their beliefs about teaching and learning to teach. The paper also shares feedback from participants about how the programme has impacted their practice.....
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