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Exploring connections between the in-field and on-campus components of a preservice teacher education program : a student perspective

Allen, Jeanne Maree and Peach, Deborah 2007, Exploring connections between the in-field and on-campus components of a preservice teacher education program : a student perspective, Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 23-36.

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Title Exploring connections between the in-field and on-campus components of a preservice teacher education program : a student perspective
Author(s) Allen, Jeanne Maree
Peach, Deborah
Journal name Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education
Volume number 8
Issue number 1
Start page 23
End page 36
Total pages 14
Publisher University of Waikato
Place of publication Hamilton, N. Z.
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1175-2882
1469-2945
Keyword(s) teacher education and training
practicum
pre-service teacher education
theory-practice gap
pre-service teacher perspective
Summary This paper discusses the preservice teacher education practicum experience from the perspective of preservice teachers at a regional Australian university. It locates the practicum in the broader context of work integrated learning and associated principles of good practice. The paper argues that there are some perceived disconnections between the in-field and on–campus components of the teacher education program as well as an endorsement of some aspects of the practicum experience in closing the theory-practice gap. Our research adds to international debate about the balance between theory and practice and contributes a much needed student perspective on these issues. The paper concludes with suggestions on ways to improve the quality of the practicum experience.
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, University of Waikato
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30063462

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