TEACHER EDUCATORS IN THE TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO CONTEXT: Perspectives From the Field

Authors

  • Beular Mitchell The School of Education The University of the West Indies St Augustine
  • Stephen Joseph The University of Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago

Keywords:

Teacher Educator, Quality Education

Abstract

Quality education is sought after by all countries and much effort is expended to ensure the preparation of quality teachers. There is, however, another component of the education loop which is often overlooked and that is the teacher educator - the teacher of teachers. A commonly held belief is that to ensure quality education, there is need for quality teachers and, as such, quality teacher educators become a critical element.  Yet, in Trinidad and Tobago, little is known about teacher educators. This study, therefore, seeks to explore their work, roles, responsibilities, and contribution in the sphere of teacher education. Semi-structured interviews, an open-ended questionnaire and document analysis were employed to gain insights into the nature of their work as it is perceived in the Trinidad and Tobago context. Preliminary findings revealed that teacher educators perceived their work to be multi-dimensional and multi-faceted and that they see themselves as a powerful influence in the sphere of education. Yet, in their view, teacher education is a job for which there is little preparation and professional development is, in the main, unstructured, and self-directed.

Author Biographies

Beular Mitchell, The School of Education The University of the West Indies St Augustine

Dr Beular Mitchell is a Lecturer - Curriculum Studies/Teacher Education - at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.  She attained a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (1984) and a M’Ed in Teacher Education (1992) from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. In addition, she completed an Ed.D in Curriculum Policy (2012) with the University of Sheffield, UK. Dr. Mitchell’s research interests include Curriculum Policy and Implementation, Education Reform and Teacher Education. She has made several presentations, the focus of which has been curriculum implementation and teacher education, at local, regional and international conferences.

 

Stephen Joseph, The University of Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago

Dr Stephen Joseph has worked at all levels of the education system for three decades. He holds a diploma in teaching; BA and MA degrees in History and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction. He currently serves as an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT), Centre for Education Programmes. His research centres on curriculum studies, teacher education, history education, education reform, and boys and men in education. He has published several peer-reviewed articles in Caribbean and international journals.

 

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2021-12-21

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