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Transitional encounters for pre-service science teachers

Ritchie, S.M. (2007) Transitional encounters for pre-service science teachers. In: Guo, C-J, (ed.) Becoming a Science Teacher: From Mentoring to Professional Development. Psychological Publishing Co. Ltd, Taipei, Taiwan, pp. 223-240.


Drawing on the stories told by a sample of four career-changing scientists, this paper proposes three principles that might be used to guide the selection and design of strategies to improve transition experiences for student teachers. These principles are: balance cultural reproduction and production, ensure equitable power distribution, and plan to harness positive emotional energy. I argue that mentors and teacher educators might apply (and refine further) the strategy of discussion forum to improve the transitional experiences of career-changing scientists.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: Psychological Publishing Co. Ltd
Copyright: 2007 Psychological Publishing Co. Ltd
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