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About JoTTER

Journal of Trainee Teacher Educational Research

Graduate students preparing to be school teachers on the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programme carry out a classroom-based project which allows them to undertake classroom enquiry into some aspect of teaching and learning in their own classes whilst on professional placement in partners schools.

The Journal of Trainee Teacher Educational Research is an opportunity for those students who wish to share their work publicly, to make their work available so that it can be accessed by and inform other students, teachers and researchers.

Faculty of Education PGCE at Master's level

The PGCE at Cambridge, as in many other institutions, is a Master’s level qualification, and students are expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of subject pedagogy, aspects of classroom teaching and learning processes, and a critical awareness of the nature of educational research. However, these trainee teachers carry out their assignments whilst teaching a range of classes in partner schools under the guidance of their school-based mentors. Their studies necessary reflect approaches to educational research that are necessarily constrained by the authors’ professional circumstances (there are no large scale national surveys): however this also means that the studies reported here reflect the forms of authentic classroom enquiry that are available to, and increasingly expected of, practitioners teaching in schools.

Publishing Papers

Papers published in the journal have first been evaluated both by a member of the Editorial Board who teaches on the Faculty’s PGCE, and then subject to a peer-review process. The Faculty is grateful to the work of the Editorial Associates who have acted as reviewers.

JoTTER was initiated in 2009, and submissions were invited from students completing the 2008-2009 secondary PGCE course, who wished to have their work considered for Volume 1. In subsequent years, students in both the early years/primary and secondary PGCE programmes have been invited to submit.