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Early professional development in the Scottish context: pre-service high school teachers and the management of behaviour in classrooms

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This paper gives an account of an exploratory piece of research focused on understanding more fully the nature of pre-service teachers’ developing approaches to classroom behaviour management on a one-year postgraduate teacher education¬†programme in the Scottish context. Drawing on individual and focus group interviews as well as¬†journaling of significant behaviour management moments experienced by student teachers on school placements, key narratives are outlined and the complex tensions and issues arising from the data are discussed. The powerful narratives of control and compliance around young people and the emphasis on social and relational early professional learning as opposed to cognition are explored¬†and discussed.
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Keywords: behaviour in classrooms; control and compliance; early professional development; narrative identity

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

Publication date: July 3, 2015

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