Peter obtained his doctorate at Utrecht University In 2018, with a thesis entitled A little less balance in new teachers' professional development. He used an international teaching internship as a case study to describe the personal-professional beliefs of beginning teachers during pivotal experiences in their two-year transition from education to work, and the influence this had on their professional development.
"Pivotal experiences of starting teachers often arise from 'small' everyday interactions between teachers and students"
For his doctoral research, Peter Mesker closely followed a group of trainee teachers, beginning with their internship (abroad) through to the induction phase. This research shows how intercultural experiences influenced teachers’ beliefs, in particular regarding pedagogical-didactic activities and their image of the ideal teacher. Within the teacher-training program, Mesker focuses on the concept of global citizenship, among other topics.
Fields of expertise
- Global Citizenship
- Normative Professionalisation
- How everyday classroom experiences in an international teaching internship raise student teachers’ awareness of their subjective educational theories
- A little less balance in new teachers' professional development An international teaching internship as a significant personal experience in becoming a teacher
- Differences that matter Boundary experiences in student teachers' intercultural learning