Development in student teachers' pre-existing beliefs during a 1-year PGCE programme

CABAROĞLU N., Roberts J.

SYSTEM, vol.28, no.3, pp.387-402, 2000 (Scopus)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Journal Name: SYSTEM
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.387-402
  • Çukurova University Affiliated: No


We report one aspect of a naturalistic inquiry into development in student teachers' beliefs

on language teaching and learning. The purpose of the inquiry was to test the widespread view

that these beliefs are in¯exible. It was also to explore the nature of belief development, if

observed to occur. Twenty students on the 1997±1998 PGCE Secondary (Modern Languages)

course at the University of Reading participated in a sequence of three in-depth interviews.

Their accounts of their beliefs and perceptions of development in them were analysed, focus-

ing on the nature of development processes. In all but one case, participants' beliefs showed

some development. A set of change process categories was observed. Programme variables

which might be associated with belief development are discussed.