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close this bookAn Analysis of Primary Teacher Education in Trinidad and Tobago: The MUSTER Project (CIE, 2002, 156 p.)
close this folderChapter 6. Trainees' Views of Themselves and the Teaching Profession
close this folder6.4 Findings - Small group
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View the document6.4.1 Teacher as nurturer
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View the document6.4.3 Teacher as responsible for everything
View the document6.4.4 Teaching as martyrdom

6.4.2 Teacher as expert

The metaphor, Teacher as expert, could also be discerned in the data provided by this small group of trainees. In addition to the nurturing traits that the good teacher must possess, trainees believe that teachers must be trained in order to acquire the required pedagogical and other skills. Trainees expressed the view that pre-service training is necessary:

I believe that sending people straight into teaching from secondary school or whatever, you learn by trial and error, and so you do a lot of damage.

They need to be trained. You don't know everything. When you go as an AT II [untrained teacher], you are green. You are very green. Sometimes you might want to know why a child is acting in a particular way, not knowing that is how the child has to act. So you need to be trained to get all this knowledge about the children.