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More than just worksheets ? a study of the confidence of newly qualified teachers of English in teaching personal, social and health education in secondary schools.

Evans, C. and Evans, B. (2007) 'More than just worksheets ? a study of the confidence of newly qualified teachers of English in teaching personal, social and health education in secondary schools.', Pastoral care in education., 25 (4). pp. 42-50.

Abstract

This paper addresses concerns regarding the preparedness of newly qualified teachers to deliver Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) in the United Kingdom in relation to the training received during Initial Teacher Education and through early Continuing Professional Development. The paper is situated not only within a context where OfSTED has questioned the adequacy of some non-specialist PSHE teachers but also one where, due to a range of social and health concerns centred on young people, schools and teachers are being expected to play an increasingly important role in the social and health education of their pupils. As such, PSHE is increasingly seen as important across all curriculum areas. This paper relates specifically to the confidence of trainee and newly qualified teachers of English in teaching PSHE in secondary schools in the United Kingdom. Drawing on questionnaire data collected from recent Professional Graduate Certificate in Education graduates, the paper suggests that trainee and newly qualified teachers have the skills and knowledge drawn from their main subject (English) to deliver PSHE; however, many lack confidence and awareness to acknowledge these skills. The paper suggests that this situation may be addressed through increased opportunity to deliver and receive feedback on PSHE teaching during initial teacher training.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Published on behalf of The National Association for Pastoral Care in Education.
Keywords:Initial Teacher Education, Personal, Social and Health Education.
Full text:Full text not available from this repository.
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0122.2007.00424.x
Record Created:24 Mar 2010 14:35
Last Modified:17 Dec 2010 16:31

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