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Ideals of ITE students at the University of Glasgow

By Doret J. de Ruyter, James C. Conroy, Mary Lappin and Stephen McKinney


Analysis of a questionnaire completed by initial teacher education (ITE) students at the University of Glasgow shows a clear divergence between their personal and professional ideals. The students define their own ideals predominantly in terms of situations, like being married, having children or being happy. Their professional ideals, which comprise the ideals they want to pass on to pupils and their views about the ideal teacher, are mainly defined in terms of character traits, like being kind, honest and hard working. Another outcome that was different from our expectations was that, though the ITE has a Catholic mission, only a small number of students mention religious ideals

Topics: LC
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Year: 2003
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.tate.2003.03.003
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