An Exploration for a Critical Practicum Pedagogy: Dialogical Relationships and Reflections among a Group of Student Teachers

Sep. 05, 2008

Source: Educational Action Research, Volume 16, Issue 3 September 2008 , pages 345 - 360

Student teachers' potential to change and reflect on their activities can be positively influenced by the opportunities created in teacher education programs.
This paper explores an educative opportunity with the researcher and his practicum advisees by facilitating a continuum of reflective school-based activities through a dialogical relationship.
The opportunities were sought through the researcher's personal action research project during a practicum assignment at Haramaya University, Ethiopia, in the 2005/06 academic year.
The action research was an exploratory practicum pedagogy in which the researcher, as a teacher educator practitioner, and eight student teachers as pedagogical and research participants, seized opportunities of collaboration and dialogical relationships. In the process, the participants examined pedagogical issues which emerged out of continuous and intimate discussions. Furthermore, the process affirmed the possibility of engaging educatively in contexts where resources are inadequately provided.

Updated: Oct. 06, 2008