Growth Process of Graduate School of Teaching Students in Their Life as Graduate Students


At present, the teacher training system in Japan using graduate schools is about to undergo a major transformation. However, although there have been many discussions about the graduate school of teaching, it has not been clarified what kind of obstacles the graduate students actually feel and how they overcome them. In this study, we focus on the stumbling blocks and overcoming obstacles in the graduate students' life, and aim to clarify the growth process peculiar to the graduate school of teaching. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with graduate students at the graduate school of teaching at a private university in Tokyo, Japan, in order to clarify the stumbling blocks and overcoming obstacles in their graduate school life. This paper describes the results of the semi-structured interviews with six graduate students, in which they were asked to describe their experiences of learning in the graduate school of teaching. In general, job hunting is a barrier for teaching graduate students, and for in-service teachers it is balancing work. However, it became clear that in many cases these barriers were overcome in various learning environments. In particular, the fact that learning outside of the graduate school, such as [experience at the place of practice], is a major factor for the in-service teachers is very different from that of the graduate students of other graduate schools.

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Reina Mori, Teikyo University, Japan

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Conference: ACE2021
Stream: Higher education

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