From Values to Vocation: Designing and delivering Primary PG Masters Modules at St Mary’s University College

Glackin, Maureen and James, Maria (2009) From Values to Vocation: Designing and delivering Primary PG Masters Modules at St Mary’s University College. In: Jackson, Alison, (ed.) Innovation and development in initial teacher education: a selection of conference papers presented at the 4th ESCalate ITE conference, University of Cumbria, Carlisle Campus 16th May 2008. The Higher Education Academy, Bristol, pp. 110-115. ISBN 978-1-905788-94-1

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As we prepared to introduce Masters level into the PGCE programmes, some lecturers voiced critical, pedagogical opposition to the imposition of Masters modules. Some students questioned their integrity and value. The process has nurtured and challenged students and lecturers into a growing awareness of themselves as educators and educational theorists, generating theories of practice. ‘From Values to Vocation’ elucidates this journey. This paper will contend that appropriate Masters modules are those that focus on the emergent teacher and not the teacher in practice, and a critical and reflective examination of self and the values that have led one to teaching. It is hoped that these modules will generate: a critical stance towards one’s own learning as pupil and teacher; research that is unique to the individual but resonates with and contributes to the academy; and a growing realisation that teachers can exert change in their own classroom and not only influence but also become policy makers.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Self study action research; Values; Vocation; Influence; Accountability; Integrity; ‘Living contradiction’; Collaboration; Primary education; Higher education; Initial Teacher Education
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 372 Primary education
300 Social sciences > 378 Higher education
School/Department: School of Education, Theology and Leadership
Depositing User: Catherine Carruthers
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2012 13:31
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2012 13:31


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