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Type: Book chapter
Title: Pre-service teachers' perceptions of character and well-being
Author: White, M.A.
Citation: Critical Perspectives on Teaching, Learning and Leadership: Enhancing Educational Outcomes, 2020 / White, M., McCallum, F. (ed./s), Ch.9, pp.165-187
Publisher: Springer
Publisher Place: Singapore
Issue Date: 2020
ISBN: 9811566666
Editor: White, M.
McCallum, F.
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Mathew A. White
Abstract: International research has established that well-being, engagement and belonging are crucial factors for establishing and maintaining positive learning environments in schools. This qualitative study investigated pre-service teachers’ perceptions of character, well-being and pedagogy. Two questions framed this research, ‘What are the perceptions of pre-service teachers regarding character and well-being in education’? and ‘How do pre-service teachers describe the characteristics of a good teacher’? A total of 54 pre-service teachers volunteered to participate in the study from the Bachelor of Teaching or a Master of Teaching degrees. The anonymous survey included categorical questions, items from a slider scale, open-ended answers to questions on teacher character development, well-being and academic growth. The results generated descriptive data that is displayed via bar plots and analysis of open-ended questions focusing on participants’ thoughts and feelings in their own words. This chapter argues that initial teacher education programme are fertile ground for integrating research-informed approaches concentrating on the teacher’s role and exploring the pedagogies for creating and establishing positive student engagement and engaging learning.
Keywords: Appreciative inquiry; Higher education; Teacher education; Teacher well-being; Well-being education
Rights: © Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
DOI: 10.1007/978-981-15-6667-7_9
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