Rose, J and Rogers, S (2012) 'Principles under pressure: student teachers’ perspectives on final teaching practice in early childhood classrooms.' International Journal of Early Years Education, 20 (1). pp. 43-58. ISSN 0966 9760

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Global concerns about what constitutes an appropriate curriculum and pedagogy for young children inevitably raises questions for teacher educators and the content of teacher education programmes. These concerns have been particularly visible in England following recent policy initiatives and the resultant ‘academic shovedown’ and ‘high stakes’ performativity culture in schools. Against this background, this article reports on a qualitative study of student teachers' experiences of their final teaching practice, identifying pressure from a range of sources to deliver a more formalised curriculum than they were prepared for in their university-based courses. Drawing on Bronfenbrenner among others, we consider the socio-political and -cultural sources of pressure linked through human agency, and the implications of these for teacher educators. The study argues that student teachers of young children may be faced with cognitive and emotional dissonance between the content of university-based training on the one hand, which promotes a developmentally appropriate, play-based approach in keeping with the Early Years Foundation Stage (the statutory curricular framework in England), and the reality of pedagogical practice in early years settings on the other.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: early childhood, teacher education, developmentally appropriate curriculum, pressure, performativity, dissonance
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Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2013 13:22
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