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School practitioners’ perceptions of the pre-service teacher education practicum: a comparative study

Allen, Jeanne and Turner, David 2012, School practitioners’ perceptions of the pre-service teacher education practicum: a comparative study, in AARE/APERA 2012 : Proceedings from the 2012 Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, Australian Association for Research in Education, Deakin, ACT, pp. 1-10.

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Title School practitioners’ perceptions of the pre-service teacher education practicum: a comparative study
Author(s) Allen, Jeanne
Turner, David
Conference name Australian Association for Research in Education Conference (2012 : Sydney, NSW)
Conference location Sydney, NSW
Conference dates 2-6 Dec. 2012
Title of proceedings AARE/APERA 2012 : Proceedings from the 2012 Australian Association for Research in Education Conference
Editor(s) [unknown]
Publication date 2012
Conference series Australian Association for Research in Education
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher Australian Association for Research in Education
Place of publication Deakin, ACT
Keyword(s) pre-service teacher education
pre-service teacher
practicum
theory-practice
university academics' perceptions
school practitioners' perceptions
Summary The importance of strong school-university partnerships in bridging the so-called theory- practice gap in pre-service teacher education has been well established in the literature. The experiences of pre-service teachers during practicum have in particular been shown to be enhanced where there are strong links between the two educational sectors. This paper draws from research conducted in two diverse Australian pre-service teacher education programs to evaluate factors that are perceived to profoundly impact on the professional experiences of pre-service teachers during practicum. The particular focus of this paper is the beliefs and experiences of school practitioners and university staff members regarding the efficacy of the practicum in enabling students to enact theory in practice. A mixed methods approach was adopted for both studies, one of which was located in an urban university in Tasmania, the other in a regional university in Queensland. Findings generated from the comparative study of both programs revealed some differences but predominantly a number of similarities between the perceptions of the two samples of school practitioners and university staff members towards practicum. Three key findings are presented and discussed in this paper.
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2012, Australian Association for Research in Education
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30063716

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