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    Changing Identities and Practices: Transitioning from the Role of Supervisor to Placement Tutor in Initial Teacher Education in Ireland


    Walsh, Thomas and Dolan, Rose (2019) Changing Identities and Practices: Transitioning from the Role of Supervisor to Placement Tutor in Initial Teacher Education in Ireland. Professional Development in Education, 45 (4). pp. 527-538. ISSN 1941-5265

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    Abstract

    Recent structural and conceptual changes to initial teacher education in Ireland have impacted on the professional roles of many teacher educators. This study explores the perspectives and identity of seven placement tutors on the Professional Master of Education (PME) course in Maynooth University in relation to their role, past and present. The research explores the impact of the change in role title and specification from ‘supervisor’ to ‘placement tutor’ and the impact of this change on the professional role and identity of those undertaking this work. Situated within an interpretive paradigm, the research is exploratory in nature and captures the perspectives of placement tutors as they transition between roles. While the findings indicate much continuity in the role and identity of placement tutors, six distinct tensions emerged from the data. The change in role title and specification impacted on placement tutors in different ways, often depending on their career stage within the role. The community of practice, where shared understandings were nurtured and negotiated, proved instrumental in the shaping of role identity. This group discourse resulted in a situation where their practice had evolved ahead of policy and indeed, informed policy development in the area.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the accepted postprint version of the article, which is available at Thomas Walsh & Rose Dolan (2019) Changing identities and practices: transitioning from the role of supervisor to placement tutor in initial teacher education in Ireland, Professional Development in Education, 45:4, 527-538, DOI: 10.1080/19415257.2018.1427131
    Keywords: Placement tutor; teacher educator; professional identity; Ireland; initial teacher education; community of practice;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Education
    Item ID: 10916
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/19415257.2018.1427131
    Depositing User: Rose Dolan
    Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2019 09:41
    Journal or Publication Title: Professional Development in Education
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
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