Preparing potential teachers for the transition from employment to teacher training: an evaluative case study of a Maths Enhancement Course

May, Steve, Gay, Jane, Atkins, Nigel and Marks-Maran, Diane (2008) Preparing potential teachers for the transition from employment to teacher training: an evaluative case study of a Maths Enhancement Course. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 60(2), pp. 149-158. ISSN (print) 1363-6820

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Abstract

In response to a UK government drive to improve maths teaching in schools, the South West London Maths Enhancement Course (MEC) has been set up though collaboration between three Higher Education institutions (HEIs) to provide an efficient route for non maths graduates in employment to upgrade their subject knowledge and give a smooth transition into teacher training (PGCE). An evaluation of the scheme, measured against Teacher Development Agency (TDA) objectives and success criteria agreed by university staff, involved thematic analysis of focus group discussions and interviews with students and staff during both the MEC and PGCE courses. This has revealed a high level of satisfaction and success related to a number of underlying issues, particularly around student recruitment, curriculum design, peer support and staff collaboration. The model offers an example of practice transferable to a range of programmes aimed at supporting students in the transition between levels and institutions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in the Journal of Vocational Education and Training © 2008 [copyright Taylor & Francis]; Journal of Vocational Education and Training is available online at informaworldTM http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=1363-6820&volume=60&issue=2&spage=149
Research Area: Education
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Computing, Information Systems and Mathematics (until 2011)
Interdepartmental and Cross-Faculty Research Groups and Centres
Services and Administration > Vice-Chancellor's Office
Depositing User: Steve May
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2012 21:47
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/3125

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