Mature student experiences in teacher education: widening participation in Greece and England

Kaldi, Stavroula and Griffiths, Vivienne (2011) Mature student experiences in teacher education: widening participation in Greece and England. Journal of Further and Higher Education. pp. 1-22. ISSN 1469-9486

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Abstract

In the context of the growing number of mature students entering higher education in Europe, this study breaks new ground in comparing the personal and professional identities of mature student teachers in Greece and England. Using an analytical model of student success by Zepke and Leach (2008), the research sought to identify the factors affecting the progress and development of 30 mature student teachers (15 in each country). It was found that individual motivation and prior experience were assets in the development of the student teachers, while peer and family support were vital success factors. In the English context, the importance of institutional support from university and school-based tutors was also strong. Barriers included financial difficulties and domestic responsibilities, which had a particular impact on mature women students. Some recommendations to improve institutional support for mature student teachers are made in conclusion.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Mature student; higher education; teacher education; student teacher; trainee teacher
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: L Education
Depositing User: Vivienne Griffiths
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2012 08:33
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2012 08:36
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/39695
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