Date: Oct 2, 2019 Wednesday
Place: G-Building, Room: 160
Title: The use of the Professional Learning Continuum (Wilson & Demetriou, 2007) as a tool to assess a teacher’s ‘ready-ness’ into the teaching profession
Speaker: Dr. Hamizah Haidi, University of Cambridge
Abstract: The current teacher recruitment and retention crisis in England showed the need for developing other tools to assess a teacher’s “ready-ness” into the profession. An alternative tool to test a teacher’s “ready-ness” into the profession is the Professional Learning Continuum developed by Wilson and Demetriou (2007). In this study, the Professional Learning Continuum was used to track two beginning-teachers’ learning journey towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through the PGCE. Data collection comprises of sources readily available to a teacher-educator (classroom observation, interviews and PGCE assignments). Analysis was carried out qualitatively via deductive coding using a coding scheme developed by Wilson and Demetriou (2007). The findings suggested the suitability of the Professional Learning Continuum as an extra tool to assess a teacher’s “ready-ness” to enter the classroom and reinforced the importance of social participation in learning to become a teacher.