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Pre-service Teachers’ Perceptions of Character and Well-Being

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International research has established that well-being, engagement and belonging are crucial factors for establishing and maintaining positive learning environments in schools. This qualitative study investigated pre-service teachers’ perceptions of character, well-being and pedagogy. Two questions framed this research, ‘What are the perceptions of pre-service teachers regarding character and well-being in education’? and ‘How do pre-service teachers describe the characteristics of a good teacher’? A total of 54 pre-service teachers volunteered to participate in the study from the Bachelor of Teaching or a Master of Teaching degrees. The anonymous survey included categorical questions, items from a slider scale, open-ended answers to questions on teacher character development, well-being and academic growth. The results generated descriptive data that is displayed via bar plots and analysis of open-ended questions focusing on participants’ thoughts and feelings in their own words. This chapter argues that initial teacher education programme are fertile ground for integrating research-informed approaches concentrating on the teacher’s role and exploring the pedagogies for creating and establishing positive student engagement and engaging learning.

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The author thanks Dr. John Willison for his critical review of the book chapter. Thanks are also due to Professor Faye McCallum for technical editing of the manuscript. Dr. Walter Barbieri and Dr. Brendan Bentley took part in the data collection for the study. Professor Faye McCallum supplied feedback on the survey design. A draft of this chapter was presented at the 2019 Australian Curriculum Studies Association Conference, Melbourne and 2019 Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane.

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White, M.A. (2020). Pre-service Teachers’ Perceptions of Character and Well-Being. In: White, M.A., McCallum, F. (eds) Critical Perspectives on Teaching, Learning and Leadership. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-6667-7_9

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