Re-Visiting the Theory and Practice Gap through the Lens of Student Teacher Dilemmas


CABAROĞLU N.

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF TEACHER EDUCATION, vol.39, no.2, pp.89-149, 2014 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 39 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Title of Journal : AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF TEACHER EDUCATION
  • Page Numbers: pp.89-149

Abstract

This study concerns the dilemmas student teachers met during their field experiences: what they were and what coping strategies they used. Its purpose is to help staff and students better understand the challenges student teachers face as they move from university-based to school-based learning. Data reveal three main categories of dilemmas: teaching,professional identity and future career plans. When coping with dilemmas, participants turned to various people around them. They felt some of the dilemmas were beyond their control, thus, could not be resolved due to problems in the Turkish education system. Findings are discussed as related to professional learning.