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Examining Chinese and Spanish preservice teachers’ practicum teaching experiences: a transformative learning perspective
This paper examines how Chinese (n = 11) and Spanish (n = 11) preservice teachers reflect on their learning-to-teach experiences during the teaching practicum period through the lenses of transformative learning theory and third space conceptualisation. Specifically, the authors adopted the five-stage transformative learning model and collected reflective journals from the participants. Framed by this model, the authors traced the Chinese and Spanish preservice teachers’ transformative professional learning experiences evidenced by (1) disorienting dilemma, (2) reflection and exploration of assumptions, (3) gaining confidence in a new role, (4) behaviour changes, and (5) integration of new perspectives. Implications for fostering a third space, namely hybridity and boundary-crossing between university and schools, during teaching practicum are discussed in this paper.
Updated: Dec. 28, 2020
PDS Collaboration as Third Space: An Analysis of the Quality of Learning Experiences in a PDS Partnership
This paper aims to documenting self-study processes and findings of a collaborative research group that examined a professional development school (PDS) partnership. This study revealed the complexity of the PDS relationship and the tensions and dilemmas associated with it. It revealed that experiential disparity existed within and among faculty and students in various PDS sites as a result of poor communication as well as divergent models of collaboration and philosophical goals between faculty and mentor teachers. Disparity in the learning experiences among the preservice teachers was attributed to the quality and scope of the partnership. This study helped the participants realize that they were engaged in an innovation and like all innovations, people struggle together naturally until a true solution to the problems is found.
Updated: Jun. 27, 2016
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
Creating A “Third Space” in Student Teaching: Implications for the University Supervisor’s Status as Outsider
The work of teacher education during student teaching typically takes place in two distinct “spaces”: placement sites and college/university settings. University supervisors created a unique pedagogical space for student teachers. This space allowed student teachers to learn across different discourse communities. Yet this configuration led the university supervisors, whose work primarily took place in the field, to feel like “outsiders.” To redress this concern, a third learning space was incorporated into the authors' student teaching seminar.
Updated: Jun. 28, 2012