Student teachers' positionalities as knowers in school subject departments

Puttick, S. (2017) Student teachers' positionalities as knowers in school subject departments. British Educational Research Journal. ISSN 0141-1926

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Abstract

Student teachers in England, mainly on one-year courses, spend the majority of their time in schools. Secondary schools are primarily organised around subject departments, and these subgroups within schools have been shown to be significant for student outcomes and teachers’ experiences. However, research on school subject departments themselves is relatively limited, and developing better understandings of school subject departments is important for Initial Teacher Education and educational research more broadly. This paper draws on an ethnographic study of three secondary school geography departments to analyse student teachers’ positionalities as knowers within departments. Opportunities for professional discussions within departments are limited, and are often dominated by immediate practical concerns. A social realist concept of knower-knowledge structures is used to explore the kinds of knowers accepted as legitimate in these departments. A dichotomous view of teachers as knowers was found, being positioned as knowing or not-knowing particular areas of subject knowledge. This binary view is argued to be related to the language of the Teachers’ Standards in England. Suggestions are made for improving student teachers’ positions as knowers within departments by planning opportunities to contribute their expertise, and for developing more expansive discourses around subject knowledge to enable all to maximise opportunities to learn from the rich mines of expertise held across ITE partnerships.

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Additional Information: © 2017 Wiley. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Puttick, S. (2017) Student teachers' positionalities as knowers in school subject departments. British Educational Research Journal. ISSN 0141-1926, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/berj.3314. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving
Divisions: School of Teacher Development
Depositing User: Dr Steven Puttick
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2017 10:29
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2019 07:30
URI: http://bgro.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/223

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