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Title: A case study examining recent changes in teacher preparation at a Caribbean university
Author: Rohlehr, Betty Ann
ISNI:       0000 0004 2743 5346
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2012
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My study is a case study, a story of a newly restructured School of Studies at a university in the Caribbean. I have examined recent changes in its teacher preparation programme. I explore the experiences of the participants in the implementation of this change and identify and examine the issues which emerge. It is a qualitative study which used an interpretivist / constructivist conceptual framework. The empirical work in my study consisted of interviews, both individuals and focus groups. I also drew from practicum documents and from the Schoo1's web site. Recent reforms in teacher preparation have reflected a thrust towards globalization and its demand for change and renewal in education. More particularly, the influences of neo-liberals and neo-conservatives in teacher preparation have spread. However, change is complex and rarely unfolds as envisaged. The findings of my study demonstrate this. The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) was identified by the chairman of the School's restructuring committee as the accreditation body to whose standards the reformed School will adhere. My findings showed that the structure of the programme was inconsistent with the standards of NCATE and with those of ACTT, the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago. On the other hand, the findings showed that structural aspects were consistent with the standards of teacher education programmes globally. There were, however substantive areas that needed to improve. A major issue was the practicum. Other issues which the data generated were the transition issue; institutional issues such as social and policy issues; leadership and interpersonal issues. I concluded that the issues which emerged were as a result of the manner in which the initiation phase of the restructuring was conducted.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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