Mature student experiences in teacher education: widening participation in Greece and England

Kaldi, S. and Griffiths, V. (2013) Mature student experiences in teacher education: widening participation in Greece and England. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 37 (4). pp. 522-573. ISSN 0309-877X.


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In the context of a growing number of mature students entering higher education in Europe, this study
breaks new ground in comparing the personal and professional identities of mature student teachers in
Greece and England. Using an analytical model of student success by Zepke and Leach (2008), the
research sought to identify the factors affecting the progress and development of 30 mature student
teachers (15 in each country). It was found that individual motivation and prior experience were assets in
the development of the beginning teachers, while peer and family support were vital success factors. In
the English context, institutional support by university and school-based tutors was also strong. Barriers
included financial difficulties and domestic responsibilities, which impacted in particular on mature women
students. Some recommendations to improve institutional support for mature student teachers are made
in conclusion.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mature student; higher education; teacher education; student teacher; trainee teacher
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1705 Education and training of teachers and administrators > LB2165 Teacher training in universities and colleges
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Education
Depositing User: Prof Vivienne Griffiths
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2012 15:42
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2016 17:45

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