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The present paper reports on the results of a research project in which 18 teacher educators in three countries—Australia, The Netherlands, and United Kingdom—were interviewed about their experiences of working in the so-called “third space” between schools and universities, particularly in relation to the practicum, or field supervision. This research examined how university-based teacher educators manage the challenges inherent in working with mentor/cooperating teachers after having been or when still practicing as teachers in schools.
Updated: Jan. 27, 2016
This study focuses on the specific expertise that science teacher educators (TEs) bring into teacher education. The authors were interested to gain insight into teacher educators' aims for teaching about science teaching, and how their expertise has developed on the basis of their professional background and experiences. The findings reveal similarities among the concerns of these TEs and yet considerable diversity among their approaches.
Updated: Dec. 29, 2015
In this article, the authors analyses the history of teacher education in Australia from 1974 to the current policy moment. Teacher education is, and has been, a highly scrutinised domain in Australia. Since the 1970s, teacher educators have seen more than 100 reviews of teacher education in Australia, with another one recently announced in 2014. The author discusses three phases in the growth and development of teacher education in the past 40 years by considering the ways in which teacher education (and teaching) has been thought about at various points in time and analysing the related policies for funding governance and regulation.
Updated: Dec. 23, 2015
Learning How to Teach Chemistry with Technology: Pre-Service Teachers’ Experiences with Integrating Technology into Their Learning and Teaching
This article reports on Teaching Teachers for the Future (TTF) research, The Australian Government initiative. The research involve 28 preservice teachers undertaking a chemistry curriculum studies unit that adopted a technological focus. For chemistry teaching the results showed that technological knowledge augmented the fundamental pedagogical knowledge necessary for teaching chemistry content. All the pre-service teachers demonstrated an understanding of the role of technology in teaching and learning and reported an increased skill level in a variety of technologies, many they had not used previously.
Updated: Dec. 07, 2015
In this article, the authors are interested to measure the preservice teachers' Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) and their personal constructs of teaching about mathematics lesson plans during their teacher education program. The results of the content analysis show that the constructs of the pre-service teachers have a wide variation and could be summarized within different themes. TELPS could also indicate whether there is a difference between first semester pre-service teacher students’ PCK and final semester pre-service teachers’ PCK. The authors conclude that the development of PCK is an important element of any teacher education program, and TELPS appears to be useful in determining pre-service teachers’ PCK.
Updated: Nov. 09, 2015
Pedagogical Approaches to Exploring Theory–Practice Relationships in an Outdoor Education Teacher Education Programme
In this article, the authors have discussed pedagogical approaches to exploring theory and practice with pre-service teachers within an an Australian outdoor education teacher education (OETE) course. The authors have highlighted the importance of four key pedagogical elements in terms of helping pre-service teachers understand and negotiate theory–practice relationships: the promotion of self-awareness; guided reflection; experience; and the fostering of a strong, safe community of learners. These elements are relevant to other areas of teacher education besides OETE pedagogy, although they may be embodied differently in different areas. The authors suggest that these elements are made possible through flexibility within courses, face-to-face contact, and opportunities for observing, participating in, and reflecting on/in relevant practice.
Updated: Nov. 04, 2015
“Because Uni is totally Different than What You Do at TAFE”: Protective Strategies and Provisions for Diploma Students Traversing their First Professional Experience Placement at University
This article used a phenomenological approach to understand students’ previous knowledge and experiences as they navigated through their first professional experience unit. The study identified factors including institutional structures and course content as challenging to the diploma student. To ensure diploma students can successfully transition to and participate in their first professional experience unit at university, all stakeholders including the university, the academics teaching the students, and the students themselves need to commit to a multilevel support programme.
Updated: Sep. 01, 2015
This paper reports on a dialogic model of international practicum, involving Australian pre-service students and two mentors on a 22-day placement in South Africa. The authors begin with a traditional qualitative case study of the practicum program, identifying benefits for some students.
Updated: Aug. 16, 2015
Exploring Australian Pre-service Teachers Sense of Efficacy, Its Sources, and Some Possible Influences
This study examined the sense of efficacy of final-year Australian pre-service primary teachers and the sources of information that contributed to it. The findings revealed that these beginning teachers have a healthy sense of efficacy for teaching as they begin their professional lives, with the majority feeling they can influence the education of their students quite a bit. Furthermore, the results suggest that respondents did not make any differentiation between classroom management, instruction or student engagement tasks. Finally, the pre-service teachers appeared to use four distinct sources of information when assessing their sense of efficacy in classroom behaviour management: enactive mastery experiences/verbal persuasion, personal qualities, vicarious experiences and physiological and affective states.
Updated: Aug. 05, 2015
Does Classroom Management Coursework Influence Pre-service Teachers’ Perceived Preparedness or Confidence?
This study explores the preparedness in managing specific problem behaviours, familiarity, and confidence in using management strategies and models of final-year pre-service teachers in Australia. The findings reveal that the completion of mandatory, or a combination of mandatory and elective classroom behaviour management units, was associated with higher feelings of preparedness for all categories of problematic behaviours. Furthermore, pre-service teachers indicated they were familiar with a broad range of options for managing student misbehaviour from their coursework preparation.
Updated: Jul. 28, 2015