Source: Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, Volume 41, Issue 1, 2013, pages 99-110.
This article reports on some of the factors that contribute to an effective partnership between an urban Australian university and a State Department of Education.
The partnership, currently in its third year of implementation, entails as a key purpose the development of school Centres of Excellence which contribute to the preparation of pre-service teachers.
The foundational aims of the partnership include addressing the gap between theory and practice, facilitating pre-service teacher recruitment and providing a guarantee of future employment for identified Faculty of Education students through the provision of pre-service teacher scholarships.
Data for the study were collected via two program reviews, conducted at the end of the first and third years of the program.
Findings point to ways in which the partnership has enhanced pre-service teacher engagement and learning and also indicate ways in which partners in both institutions might further strengthen the partnership.