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Lads and lasses: teacher training in single-sex schools

Brown, B.M and Parfitt, A (2017) Lads and lasses: teacher training in single-sex schools. In: UCET Annual Conference 2017, 7 - 8 November 2017, Crowne Plaza, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK. (Forthcoming)

Abstract

Does training teachers in a single-sex school have an affect on pre-service teachers’ development? Many universities and school-led teacher training providers across Europe partner with single-sex schools given their proximity to the training centre. Within our partnerships at Bath Spa University we have a cluster that is made up of both co-ed and single-sex secondary schools. Little research has been conducted to analyse the affect that this may have on a pre-service teacher’s development. There is a need to better understand how teachers learn in this environment so that providers can make informed decisions around the placement of teachers into school experiences. This small scale, mixed methods study looks at the outcomes for teachers who have trained in single-sex compared to those in co-ed schools. The study includes two training cohorts: pre-service teachers currently completing their training and teachers who are in their first year of employment. It has two stages. The first stage produces a quantitative analysis of the performance data from both groups. The second stage furthers that analysis by conducting focus groups with teachers from both groups to capture their reflective narratives regarding their training experiences in different settings. Our aim is to understand whether or not, and if so how, training in single-sex schools shapes a pre-service teacher’s journey. More long-term, we assess how this type of training environment prepares teachers for their greater teaching career.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
L Education > LF Individual institutions (Europe)
Divisions: Institute for Education
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Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2017 09:20
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2017 09:20
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