University of Canberra
The success of professional experience for preschool preservice teacher learning is valued and based very much on the relationship developed between all stakeholders. What motivates the preschool-based teachers and how they see their role in this relationship is integral to achieving effective outcomes for both themselves and the preservice teachers. Recent data collected from preschool teachers has identified their perceptions of what participating in the preservice relationship adds to their personal and professional self-concept. Findings from this data provide an insight and a challenge for those designing and implementing early childhood teacher education programs, indicating the need to give greater emphasis to understanding the personal and professional motivation of the mentoring teachers when establishing and maintaining these programs. They too are key learners in an effective relationship of professional growth.
AJEC, Vol. 30 No. 1, March 2005, pp. 28-35.