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Publication details for Dr Alan Walker-Gleaves

Walker-Gleaves, A. & Walker, C. (2008). Imagining a different life in school: educating student teachers about 'looked after' children and young people. Teachers and Teaching: theory and practice 14(5-6): 465-479.

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The research described in this paper concerns the acquaintance of student teachers with the educational and wider pastoral experiences of children and young people who are or have been 'looked after' and who they may well teach at some point, together with the familiarisation of student teachers with the 'looked after' system in the UK. We discuss an exploratory awareness-raising curriculum project within a Teacher Education Department at a University in the UK that utilises digital multimedia to develop a 'community of awareness' of young people and student teachers. As a result of this work, the student teachers were able to reflect on their pedagogical knowledge and practices related to teaching and wider pupil pastoral care. Further, those involved in the project therefore not only learned how to use technology, but to apply it in meaningful, productive ways, which were potentially transforming in terms of appreciation and knowledge of diversity. Benefits for the participants - the young people involved and the student teachers, as well as implications for both student teachers' understanding of diversity and limitations of the technology - are discussed.