School-university partnerships and physical education teacher education student learning: A fruitful division of labour?

Chambers, F. and Armour, K. (2012) School-university partnerships and physical education teacher education student learning: A fruitful division of labour? pp. 159-181. ISSN 1356336X (ISSN)

Full text not available from this resource.
Official URL:


Tikunoff, Ward & Lazar (1980) argue that parity or 'equality of status' (p.12) is one of the most important ingredients of successful collaboration. During the placement of students on teaching practice (TP), therefore, it can be argued that school and university personnel should be equal partners if the collaboration is to be effective. This paper reports one set of data from a study of Irish physical education teacher education (PETE) students and considers the impact of ineffective school-university partnerships on their professional learning during TP. The study employed a range of qualitative research methods centred on one umbrella case study and five individual case studies. Data were analysed using a systematic grounded theory process and findings indicated a perceived lack of parity between schools and the university. This resulted in PETE students developing in an unsupported and often isolated manner. The implications for career-long professional learning are considered. © The Author(s) 2012.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Cited By :4; Export Date: 23 February 2015; Correspondence Address: Chambers, F.; School of Education, University College Cork, 1-2 Lucan Place, Western Rd., Cork, Ireland; email:; References: Amade-Escot, C., The contribution of two research programmes on teaching content: "Pedagogical content knowledge" and the "didactics of physical education (2000) Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 20 (1), pp. 78-101; Anderson, G., Arsenault, N., (2000) Fundamentals of Educational Research, , Bristol, PA: Falmer Press; Barab, S.A., Duffy, T.M., (2000) Theoretical Foundations of Learning Environments, , Jonassen DHLand SM, ed., London: Lawrence Erlbaum; Begley, C.M., Triangulation of communication skills in qualitative research instruments (1996) Journal of Advanced Nursing, 24 (4), pp. 688-693; Behets, D., Vergauwen, L., (2006) The Handbook of Physical Education, , Kirk DMacdonald DO'Sullivan M, ed., London: Sage; Brouwer, N., Korthagen, F., Can teacher education make a difference? (2005) American Educational Research Journal, 42 (1), pp. 153-224; Callahan, J.L., Martin, D., The spectrum of school-university partnerships: A typology of organizational learning systems (2007) Teaching and Teacher Education, 23 (2), pp. 136-145; Charmaz, K., (2000) Handbook of Qualitative Research, , Denzin NKLincoln YS, ed., London: Sage; Clandinin, D.J., Connelly, F.M., (1995) Teachers' Professional Knowledge Landscapes, , New York: Teachers' College Press; Coady, L., (2010) Becoming a Teacher: Students' Experiences and Perceptions of Their Initial Teacher Education, , University Of Limerick, Ireland: Doctor Of Philosophy; Cochran-Smith, M., 2005 presidential address the new teacher education: For better for worse (2005) Educational Researcher, Educational Researcher, 34 (7), pp. 3-17; Cochran-Smith, M., Zeichner, K.M., (2005) Studying Teacher Education: The Report of the Panel on Research and Teacher Education, , Washington, DC: American Educational Research Association; Coleman, M.M., Mitchell, M., Assessing observation focus and conference targets of cooperating teachers (2000) Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 20 (1), pp. 40-54; Coolahan, J., (2003) Attracting, Developing and Retaining Effective Teachers: Country Background For Ireland, , Dublin: Department of Education & Science and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development [OECD]; Cresswell, J.W., (2002) Educational Research: Planning, Conducting, and Evaluating Quantitative and Qualitative Research, , Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill-Prentice Hall; Darling-Hammond, L., Constructing 21st century teacher education (2006) Journal of Teacher Education, 57 (3), pp. 300-314; Darling-Hammond, L., (2006) Powerful Teacher Education: Lessons from Exemplary Programmes, , San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass; Darling-Hammond, L., Bransford, J., (2005) Preparing Teachers for a Changing World: What Teachers Should Learn and Be Able to Do, , San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass; Re-thinking schooluniversity partnerships: A Swedish case study (1998) Teaching and Teacher Education, 14, pp. 807-819. , DAY C; (2007),, Dictionary.Com, Parity,(Accessed on 23rd March 2007)Edwards, A., Mutton, T., Looking forward: Rethinking Professional learning through partnership arrangements in initial teacher education (2007) Oxford Review of Education, 33 (4), pp. 503-519; (2010) Common European Principles for Teacher Competences and Qualifications, , Brussels, Belgium: European Commission, Directorate-General for Education and Culture; Finlay, L., Outing" the researcher: The provenance, process, and practice of reflexivity (2002) Qualitative Health Research, 12 (4), pp. 531-545; Furlong, J., Barton, L., Miles, S., (2000) Teacher Education In Transition: Reforming Professionalism?, , Buckingham: Open University Press; Garm, N., Karlsen, G.E., Teacher education reform in Europe: The case of Norway; Trends and tensions in a global perspective (2004) Teaching and Teacher Education, 20 (7), pp. 731-744; Glaser, B.G., Strauss, A., (1967) The Discovery of Grounded Theory: Strategies for Qualitative Research, , Chicago, IL: Aldine; Graber, K.C., (1989) Socialization into Physical Education: Learning to Teacher, , Templin TJSchempp PG, ed., Dubuque, IA: Brown & Benchmark; Graham, G., Collaboration in PE: A lot like marriage (1988) Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 7 (7), pp. 165-174; Guillemin, M., Gillam, L., Ethics, reflexivity, and "ethically important moments" in research (2004) Qualitative Inquiry, 10 (2), pp. 261-280; Hager, P., Hodkinson, P., Moving beyond the metaphor of transfer of learning (2009) British Educational Research Journal, 35 (4), pp. 619-638; Hardy, C., Preservice teachers' perceptions of learning to teach in a predominantly school-based teacher education programme (1999) Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 18 (2), pp. 175-198; Harford, J., Teacher education policy in Ireland and the challenges of the twenty-first century (2010) European Journal of Teacher Education, 33 (4), pp. 349-360; Harry, B., Sturges, K., Klinger, J., Mapping the process: An exemplar of process and challenge in grounded theory analysis (2005) Educational Researcher, 34 (2), pp. 3-13; Hynes-Dusel, J.M., Co-operating teachers perceptions about the student teaching experience (1999) The Physical Educator, 56 (4), pp. 186-195; Kiely, E., (2005) The Mentoring Phenomenon in Educating Pre-Service Science Teachers through School-Based Collaborative Partnership, , University Of Limerick, Ireland: Doctor Of Philosophy; Kinchin, G., (2009) From Entry to Completion: An Examination of Secondary Physical Education Student Teachers Expectations of Initial Teacher Education across One PGCE Course, pp. 1-4. , University of Manchester: British Educational Research Association; Kirk, J., Miller, M.L., (1986) Reliability and Validity in Qualitative Research, , London: Sage; Korthagen, F.A.J., Situated learning theory and the pedagogy of teacher education: Towards an integrative view of teacher behavior and teacher learning (2010) Teaching and Teacher Education, 26 (1), pp. 98-106; Lave, J., Wenger, E., (1991) Situated Learning and Legitimate Peripheral Participation, , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; Lewin, K.M., (2004) The Pre-Service Training of Teachers: Does it meet it's objectives and how can it be improved?, , Paris, France: UNESCO; Lincoln, Y.S., Guba, E.G., (1985) Naturalistic Inquiry, , New York: Sage; Mawer, M., (1996) Mentoring in Physical Education: Issues and Insights, , London: Falmer Press; McCullick, B.A., Practitioners perspectives on values, knowledge and skills needed by PETE participants (2001) Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 21 (1), pp. 35-56; McIntyre, D.J., Byrd, D.M., Foxx, S.M., (1996) Handbook of Research on Teacher Education: A Project of the Association of Teacher Educators, , Sikula JButtery TJGuyton E, ed., New York: Macmillan; McWilliams, S., Cannon, P., Margaret Farrar, M., Comparison and evaluation of aspects of teacher education in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland (2006) European Journal of Teacher Education, 29 (1), pp. 67-79; Merriam, S.B., (1998) Qualitative Research and Case Study Applications, , San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass; Minichiello, V., Aroni, R., Timewell, E., (1995) In-Depth Interviewing, , Melbourne, Australia: Longman; Myers, M., (2000) Qualitative research and the generalizability question: Standing firm with proteus, ,, The qualitative report, 4. Available at: (accessed 10 February 2008); Neville, K.S., Sherman, R.H., Cohen, C.E., (2005) Preparing and Training Professionals: Comparing education to six other fields, ,, New York: The Finance Project. Available at: Accessed on: 2nd April 2008; O'Donoghue, T., Harford, J., Troubling some generalisations on teacher education in the English-speaking world: The case of the Republic of Ireland (2010) South African Journal Of Education, 30 (1), pp. 91-104; (2007) Improving school leadership, , Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Report; O'Sullivan M, (2003) Student Learning in Physical Education: Applying Research to Enhance Instruction, , Silverman SJEnnis C, ed., Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics; Pidgeon, N., Henwood, K., (2004) Handbook of Data Analysis, , Hardy MBryman A, ed., London: Sage; Richardson, L., Writing: A method of inquiry (2000) Handbook of Qualitative Research, , In: DenzinNKLincolnYS (eds) 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.Denzin NKLincoln YS, ed.;, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage; Robinson, K., (2010) Bring on the Education Revolution, , UK: TED; Sandholtz, J.H., Inservice training or professional development: Contrasting opportunities in a school/university partnership (2002) Teaching and Teacher Education, 18 (7), pp. 815-830; Skilbeck, M., Connell, H., (2003) Attracting, Developing and Retaining Teachers: Australian Country Background Report, , Drysdale, Victoria: OECD; Spendlove, D., Howes, A., Wake, G., Partnerships in pedagogy: Refocusing of classroom lenses (2010) European Journal of Teacher Education, 33 (1), pp. 65-77; Strauss, A., Corbin, J., (1990) Basics of Qualitative Research: Grounded Theory Procedures and Techniques, , Newbury, CA: Sage; Strauss, A., Corbin, J., (1998) Basics of Qualitative Research: Techniques and Procedures for Developing Grounded Theory, , London: Sage; Sutherland, L.M., Scanlon, L.A., Sperring, A., (2005) Teaching and Teacher Education, pp. 79-92; (2011) Initial Teacher Education: Criteria and Guidelines for Programme Providers, , Maynooth, Co. Kildare: Teaching Council of Ireland; Teitel, L., (1999) Peabody Journal of Education, pp. 6-20; (2011) Policy on the Continuum of Teacher Education, , Maynooth: Teaching Council of Ireland; Tikunoff, W., Ward, B., Lazar, C., (1980) Exploring Issues in Teacher Education: Questions for Future Research, , Hall GHord SBrown G, ed., Austin: TX: The University of Texas R&D Center for Teacher Education; Trubowitz, S., Stages in the development of school-college collaboration (1986) Educational Leadership, 43 (5), pp. 18-21; Tsangaridou, N., Siedentop, D., Reflective teaching: A literature review (1995) Quest, 47 (2), pp. 212-237; Veenman, S., Perceived problems of beginning teachers (1984) Review of Educational Research, 54 (2), pp. 143-178; (2008) Partnership, ,, Wordnet, (Accessed 12 February 2008); Yin, R.K., (1994) Case Study Research: Design and Methods, , London: Sage; Youens, B., McCarthy, S., Subject knowledge development by science student teachers: The role of university tutors and school-based subject mentors (2007) Research in Science & Technological Education, 25 (3), pp. 293-306; Zeichner, K., Tabachnik, B.R., Are the effects of university teacher education washed out by school experiences? (1981) Journal of Teacher Education, 32 (1), pp. 7-11
Uncontrolled Keywords: initial teacher training; school-university collaboration
Depositing User: Colin Lowry
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2015 02:35

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year