An Anthology of Voices: an Analysis of Trainee Drama Teachers' Monologues

Shifra Schonmann, Andy Kempe

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This paper reports on research undertaken into the processes through which student teachers begin to formulate an identity as a professional teacher. Using Fuller's investigations into the attitudes of trainee teachers towards their courses (1969) as a baseline, a discussion is established on the place of the student voice in contemporary initial teacher training programmes. In order to further investigate the potential importance of affording student teachers the opportunity to reflect on and express their thinking and feeling as they embark on their chosen career path, the concerns of a group of student drama teachers were recorded and interpreted. The vehicle for this exercise involved writing and subsequently performing reflective monologues. These were analysed by using The Listening Guide as composed by Gilligan et al. (2003). This paper illustrates how the methodology revealed distinct yet generally harmonious voices at work in the group in the first few weeks of their training year. Subsequent analysis suggests a model for the initial formation of a teaching identity built on aspects of self, role and character. Recognising the relative values and relationships between these factors for student teachers may, it is argued, provide greater security for them while affording their tutors insights which could help them to re-shape initial teacher training programmes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-329
Number of pages19
JournalBritish Journal of Educational Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2010


  • professional identity
  • reflective monologues
  • student teachers
  • student voice
  • teacher training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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