London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Approaches to citizenship and social education training: For inexperienced teachers and “conseillers principaux d’éducation”

Author(s) Chauvigné, C. & Étienne, R.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2011  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Europe's Future: Citizenship in a Changing World  
Age group -  
Students aiming for careers in teaching and education in France sit a competitive examination to exercise their profession. Until 2010, when successfully passing this competitive examination, the teaching of professionals was supervised by a one-year training institute (University Teacher Training Institute, IUFM) where they divided their time between practice in upper secondary education and training centres. On the one hand, this paper investigates the part of citizenship education found in the training program. On the other hand, it compares these devices to the expectations of student teachers through their own accounts given and the approach of two training materials that are: the analysis of practitioners’ work and the cross-disciplinary themes which discuss educational issues to support students in upper secondary school. To do this, our data of the analysis training content of teachers and supervisors will be taken as a basis but also the observed sessions of training conducted in this institute between 2003 and 2010. The findings reveal difficulties both in learning to articulate the theory and in professional practice where other challenges and emergencies are called into play. They also mark the stumbling blocks in the way of thinking, designing and implementing teaching and the educational act in citizenship-related issues. Keywords: values, professional positioning, socialization, authoritative-class management

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