Workplace Learning in Physical Education
To Be Published December 15th 2013 by Routledge – 240 pages
Pre-service and beginning teachers have to negotiate an unfamiliar and often challenging working environment, in both teaching spaces and staff spaces. Workplace Learning in Physical Education explores the workplace of teaching as a site of professional learning. Using stories and narratives from the experiences of pre-service and beginning teachers, the book takes a closer look at how professional knowledge is developed, investigating the notions of ‘professional’ and ‘workplace learning’ and examining the literature associated with ‘teacher practicum’, ‘fieldwork’ and ‘school experience’.
The book is structured around five significant dimensions of workplace learning:
As well as identifying important implications for policy, practice and research methodology in physical education and teacher education, the book also shows how research can be a powerful medium for the communication of good practice. This is an important book for all student, pre-service and beginning teachers working in physical education, and for anybody with an interest in the wider themes of teacher education and professional practice.
Part I: The Study 1. Introduction – setting the scene for the research 2. Defining the subject: The profession/al, and workplace learning 3. An evolutionary and reflexive process in researching professional learning: gathering field texts, making sense, and the telling and re-telling of tales 4. Significant dimensions of workplace learning Part II: Understanding the data through the dimensions 5. Social tasks of teaching and learning to teach 6. Performance and practice 7. Identity/subjectivities and the profession/al 8. Space and place for/of professional learning 9. The micropolitics of being a new worker Part III: Implication for policy, practice and research 10. The thing about policy… 11.Conclusion