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Preparatory trainee teacher programme leaves lasting impression

Trainee teachers at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) are exploring the nuances of classroom life beyond what is required or offered by their curriculum.

The project, titled Immersing pre-service teachers to learn lessons, allows extended exposure to a group of learners and a chance to better understand their own challenges as well as those of whom they are teaching

(Also read our article: Student teachers rally to get 5th graders hooked on chess at Khayelitsha school)

Prior to tackling a classroom, trainee teachers work in schools to learn from qualified educators.

Although the experience is valuable, it is often not comprehensive enough for the trainee teachers.

Rolene Liebenberg, Mathematics Education Lecturer at CPUT and a driver of the project, says that the project focuses more on the context and experience of the pupils in the classrooms.

The traditional model where student teachers shadow qualified teachers often doesn't provide sufficient or holistic experience. Not just the content of education, but the process of learning and understanding the children they teach.

Rolene Liebenberg, Immersing pre-service teachers to learn lessons, organiser

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