This study investigated the role and responsibilities of teacher trainers who worked in the practical education program at the University of Jordan in the second semester, 2008. Interviews with 12 teacher trainers and 24 pre-service teachers were undertaken besides the analysis of 12 portfolios developed by student teachers. The results of the study revealed several role of the teacher trainers ranging from administrative role such as scheduling visits and documenting and filing up reports to academic role represented in ensuring that pre-service teachers apply knowledge and use recent teaching and assessment methods. Other role embodied extending the role of the trainer as a change agent to develop pre-service teacher's social skills, give feedback to them and help them acquire sufficient occupational skills. The study highlighted the trainer's role in developing some school teachers' instruction and changing their old instructional methods. Finally, the study suggested that teacher trainers' role should be redefined to maintain a stable professional identity.
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