Orr, Kevin and Simmons, Robin (2009) Dual identities: the in-service teacher-trainee experience in the English Further Education sector. In: Journal of Vocational Education and Training Eighth International Conference: Researching Vocational Education and Training, 3rd - 5th July 2009, Worcester College, Oxford, UK. (Unpublished)

Since 2001 there has been a statutory requirement for teachers in English Further
Education (FE) colleges to gain teaching qualifications. In marked distinction from other
sectors of education, around ninety percent of FE staff in England are employed untrained
and complete their initial teacher-training on a part-time in-service basis. By
consequence, these staff sustain the dual role of employed teacher and teacher-trainee at
the beginning of their career. While there exists a body of work relating to trainees on
full-time pre-service FE teacher-training courses, there is a lack of published research on
this much larger group of in-service trainees, and on their experience of becoming
qualified teachers. An ESCalate-funded project based at the University of Huddersfield
has sought to address that lack by researching the dual roles and dual identities of
employee and trainee on in-service FE teacher-training courses. The in-service route may
be necessary to attract established vocational practitioners into FE and to enable them to
continue earning a salary whilst undertaking their teacher-training. However, this paper
argues that how the dual roles interact may cause tensions that constrain the development
of trainees' practice.

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