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close this bookAn Analysis of Primary Teacher Education in Trinidad and Tobago: The MUSTER Project (CIE, 2002, 156 p.)
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View the documentMulti-Site Teacher Education Research Project (MUSTER)
View the documentPreface
View the documentAcknowledgements
View the documentList of MUSTER Researchers in Trinidad and Tobago
View the documentList of Acronyms and Abbreviations
View the documentExecutive Summary
View the documentChapter 1. Background to the Study
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Open this folder and view contentsChapter 3. Trainees and the Training Environment
Open this folder and view contentsChapter 4. The Curriculum - Documented and Espoused
Open this folder and view contentsChapter 5. Trainees' In-College Learning Experiences
Open this folder and view contentsChapter 6. Trainees' Views of Themselves and the Teaching Profession
Open this folder and view contentsChapter 7. Learning to Teach - Experiences of Teacher Trainees and Newly Qualified Teachers
Open this folder and view contentsChapter 8. Costs and Financing, and Demand for Primary Teacher Education
Open this folder and view contentsChapter 9. Recommendations from the Muster Project
View the documentBibliography
View the documentAppendix A. MUSTER Symposium: Critical Issues in Primary Teacher Education in Trinidad and Tobago - Programme
View the documentAppendix B. Critical Issues in Primary Teacher Education in Trinidad and Tobago: Symposium Report
View the documentAppendix C. Letter to the Minister of Education

Multi-Site Teacher Education Research Project (MUSTER)

MUSTER is a collaborative research project co-ordinated from the Centre for International Education at the University of Sussex Institute of Education. It has been developed in partnership with:

· The Institute of Education, University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

· The Institute of Education, The National University of Lesotho.

· The Centre for Educational Research and Training, University of Malawi.

· The Faculty of Education, University of Durban-Westville, South Africa.

· The School of Education, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine's Campus, Trinidad.

Financial support has been provided for three years by the British Department for International Development (DFID).

MUSTER is focused on generating new understandings of teacher education before, during and after the point of initial qualification as a teacher. Its concerns include exploring how new teachers are identified and selected for training programmes, how they acquire the skills they need to teach effectively, and how they experience training and induction into the teaching profession. The research includes analytical concerns with the structure and organisation of teacher education, the form and substance of teacher education curriculum, the identity, roles and cultural experience of trainee teachers, and the costs and probable benefits of different types of initial teacher training.

MUSTER is designed to provide opportunities to build research and evaluation capacity in teacher education in developing countries through active engagement with the research process from design, through data collection, to analysis and joint publication. Principal researchers lead teams in each country and are supported by three Sussex faculty and three graduate researchers.

This series of discussion papers has been created to provide an early opportunity to share output from sub-studies generated within MUSTER for comment and constructive criticism. Each paper takes a theme within or across countries and offers a view of work in progress.