This article reports on a qualitative small-scale case study that investigated whatpre-service teachers learned from a former generation of teachers about the contextand nature of teaching and teacher education during the 1950s and 1960s.Data comprised semi-structured interviews and a grounded theoretical approachwas used to analyse the data. A process of coding and re-coding of the dataresulted in the identification of emergent patterns and broad overarching themesand subthemes. Findings suggest that the pre-service teachers drew inspirationfrom the older teachers' emotional connection to the profession, and their ownpassion for teaching developed or intensified as they came to understand teachingas a rewarding lifelong career. It is suggested that mentor relationshipsbetween pre-service teachers and those from an older generation have the potentialto support novice teachers in developing a passion for teaching and, ultimately,resilience and longevity in the profession. Recommendations are madefor the inclusion in teacher education of opportunities for intergenerationallearning through such relationships.
Santoro, N., Pietsch, M., & Borg, T. (2012). The passion of teaching: learning from an older generation of teachers. Journal of Education for Teaching, 38(5), 585-595. https://doi.org/10.1080/02607476.2013.739796