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South African Journal of Childhood Education

On-line version ISSN 2223-7682
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VAN HEERDEN, Sene; SAYED, Yusuf  and  MCDONALD, Zahraa. Student teachers' views of their experiences in a Bachelor's programme. SAJCE [online]. 2020, vol.10, n.1, pp.1-9. ISSN 2223-7682.

BACKGROUND: It is widely accepted that the quality of schools depends on the quality of teachers. Understanding what occurs while learning to teach is an important pursuit for acquiring a sense of the quality of teachers. The initial development of teachers is a critical point from which to activate such understandingAIM: This study, therefore, examines the ways in which pedagogic content knowledge is developed within experiences that relate to initial teacher education programmes. Pedagogic content knowledge is a concept describing a form of knowledge related to transmitting subject matter knowledge to learnersSETTING: A qualitative study was conducted with a cohort of participants in the final year of a bachelor's degree programmeMETHODS: Data generation ensued from focus group discussions, complemented by questionnaire data. The study analysed data categorised according to themesRESULTS: Findings demonstrate that the participants found their initial teacher education programme to have had positive and negative influences with regard to the development of pedagogic content knowledge. Administrative duties, adapting to school contexts, relationships with people of influence (such as lecturers during initial teacher education and mentor teachers), teaching practice (which had the most profound influence on classroom practice) and professional knowledge and skills as taught during initial teacher education were all factors that had an impact on participants' experiences in developing their pedagogic content knowledgeCONCLUSION: This paper argues for the need to rethink the structure of initial teacher education programmes in order to better facilitate the development of pedagogic content knowledge

Keywords : teacher education; pedagogic content knowledge; student teachers; classroom practices.

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