Congruence of student teachers' pedagogical images and actual classroom practices

Lena Fung*, Lina P.Y. Chow

*Corresponding author for this work

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An understanding of student teachers' pedagogical images plays an important role in helping teacher educators plan learning experiences. The purposes of this study were to obtain a profile of pedagogical images of a group of student teachers, and to assess whether there is congruence between their pedagogical images and classroom practices. Applying the conception of teaching model proposed by Pratt, Chan developed a questionnaire to evaluate teachers' views about teaching, which was modified here and administered to 59 first-year student teachers before and after their teaching practicum in physical education for secondary schools. Results indicated that the student teachers possess a Nurturing image, whereas in actual classroom practices, their approach was a mix between the Apprenticeship and the Transmission approaches. In other words, whereas student teachers conceive themselves as having a more child-centred approach to teaching, in reality, their practices constituted more a teacher-centred approach. The investigators considered that this type of information would be helpful for teacher educators when planning learning experiences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-321
Number of pages9
JournalEducational Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2002

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Education

User-Defined Keywords

  • Classroom practices
  • Pedagogical images
  • Student teachers


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