“To tell you the truth, I did not choose early childhood education”: Narratives of becoming a pre-primary teacher in Tanzania

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    Abstract

    The current global focus on expanding access to early childhood education (ECE) is accompanied by calls to professionalize the ECE teaching force. In Tanzania, efforts to improve the quality of teaching and learning at the pre-primary level led to the development of a new pre-primary diploma training program. In this article, I examine this effort from the perspective of 12 prospective teachers. By tracing their narratives of becoming a pre-primary teacher, I demonstrate how diploma students navigated competing discourses and incorporated institutional discourses into their own narratives as a way of exercising agency in a context of constrained opportunity.

    LanguageEnglish (US)
    Pages33-42
    Number of pages10
    JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
    Volume69
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

    Profile

    Tanzania
    childhood
    narrative
    discourse
    Teaching
    teacher
    education
    training program
    learning
    student

    Keywords

    • Developing countries
    • Early childhood education
    • Narrative inquiry
    • Policy
    • Preservice teacher education

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education

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