Spaces of possibility in pre-service teacher education

Ryan, Mary E. (2011) Spaces of possibility in pre-service teacher education. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 32(6), pp. 881-900.

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Pre-service teacher education is a spatialized enterprise. It operates across a number of spaces that may or may not be linked ideologically and/or physically. These spaces can include daily practices, locations, infrastructure, relationships and representations of power and ideology. The interrelationships between and within these (sometimes competing) spaces for pre-service teachers will influence their identities as teachers and learners across time and space. Pre-service teachers are expected to make the connections between these often-contradictory spaces with little or no guidance on how to negotiate such complex relationships. These are difficult spaces, yet the slippages and gaps between these spaces offer generative possibilities. This paper explores these spaces of possibility for pre-service teacher education, and uses the spatial theories of Lefebvre (1991) and Foucault (1977, 1980) to argue that critical reflective practice can be used to create a ‘thirdspace’ (Soja, 1996) for reconstructing future practice.

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ID Code: 45665
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Pre-service teacher education, Reflective practice, Teacher identity, Socio-spatial theory, Reflection, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2011.614745
ISSN: 0142-5692
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in [British Journal of Sociology of Education, 32(6), 2011]. [British Journal of Sociology of Education] is available online at informaworld
Deposited On: 01 Sep 2011 23:29
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 01:03

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