Psychology Research Seminar - Joan Smith

Dr Joan Smith Student teacher mothers’ perceptions of their learning and experiences during initial teacher education Left Dr Joan Smith

Event date: Wednesday, 25 March 2015 at 4.15 PM

All staff, students and visitors are warmly invited to:

“Student teacher mothers’ perceptions of their learning and experiences during initial teacher education”

A talk at the University of Derby by Dr Joan Smith, University of Leicester.

Time: 4.15-5.15pm

Venue: Kedleston Road Site, Derby, DE22 1GB

Room: Heap Lecture Theatre

About Dr Joan Smith:

Dr Joan Smith is a Lecturer in Education at the University of Leicester and Postgraduate Tutor for the EdD programme.  An experienced teacher and teacher educator, her research interests focus on women teachers’ life and career decisions and the experiences of early career teachers in terms of leadership development.

In addition she has an interest in pedagogical research and is currently engaged in developing practice in teaching research methodology and critical writing at postgraduate level.

What the talk will cover:

Joan reflects in this presentation on some of the findings emerging from a very small pilot study investigating the perceptions of women PGCE students who are mothers, with regard to their experiences of combining motherhood and Initial Teacher Education.  Equal opportunities monitoring systems in HE keep track of data relating to gender, ethnicity, disability etc. but have no record of which and how many students are parents.  This is a significant gap.

The seminar will focus on practical considerations in terms of support needed by student mothers but also on unpicking assumptions about mothers’ responsibility for childcare and housework, and the impact these have on women’s (and men’s) life and career decisions.  Plans for a larger, follow-up study will be shared, with a view to receiving critical feedback on a work in progress.