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close this bookFace-to-face Initial Teacher Education Degree Programme at the University of Durban-Westville, South Africa (CIE, 2002, 57 p.)
close this folderChapter 6: Conceptions of Being a Teacher
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View the document6.1 Models of Teaching and Learning
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6.2 Effectiveness of their training in the teacher education curriculum

92% of the student teachers indicated that they felt ready to start their career as teachers. However 50% also indicated that in order to be a good teacher, one has to continue to train to become more effective. 86% of the students indicated that good teachers also need to be trained. This suggests that the student teachers believe that "teachers are not born teachers, but are made to become teachers". 60% disagreed with the statement the "teachers are born, not made".

66% of the students agreed that they had learnt more from experienced teachers than from their teacher education degree. Over 80% rated the support they received from the class teachers (mentor) and other teachers in the school as being very useful. Watching experienced teachers was also highly rated. This all suggests that a large part of the learning to become a teacher is developed during the on-site school-based teaching practice.