Becoming a Preschool or Primary-School Teacher

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  • Title: Becoming a Preschool or Primary-School Teacher: Initial Teachers’ Beliefs and Professional Training
  • Author(s): Gabriela Gruber
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Learner
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Early Childhood Learning
  • Keywords: Teachers’ Beliefs, Professional Competencies, Teacher Training for Preschool and Primary Classes
  • Volume: 24
  • Issue: 2
  • Year: 2018
  • ISSN: 2327-7939 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-8722 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2327-7939/CGP/v24i02/19-27
  • Citation: Gruber, Gabriela . 2018. "Becoming a Preschool or Primary-School Teacher: Initial Teachers’ Beliefs and Professional Training." The International Journal of Early Childhood Learning 24 (2): 19-27. doi:10.18848/2327-7939/CGP/v24i02/19-27.
  • Extent: 9 pages

Abstract

Our paper aims at analyzing the transition from high-school graduates or from diverse jobs toward responsible professionals in future teachers for preschool and primary education. A short overview on the international research related to teachers’ beliefs provides the theoretical framework of the paper. The second section of the paper focuses on the expected professional skills as they appear in the Romanian Higher Education Registry (RNCIS). It also compares the teacher-training program curricula in two Romanian universities. A brief section on research conducted on a sample of students preparing to become teachers for preschool and primary education in Romania follows. The research seeks to answer the main question of whether the initial teaching beliefs that motivated the students’ choice of university study-program are still maintained or if they have changed during their three years of study. The research method is based on a questionnaire. The interpretation of the collected data highlights the research findings, offering an answer to the research question. We concluded that the Teacher Training Program “Pedagogy for Preschool and Primary Education” was relatively successful in changing its student-teachers’ beliefs.