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The limitations of front-end loading in undergraduate university programs

Allen, J. M and Sinclair, M 2011, The limitations of front-end loading in undergraduate university programs, in Program from the 2011 World Universities Forum, The Hong Kong Education Research Association and Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, pp. 1-1.

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Title The limitations of front-end loading in undergraduate university programs
Author(s) Allen, J. M
Sinclair, M
Conference name World Universities Forum (4th : 2011 : Hong Kong)
Conference location Hong Kong
Conference dates 14-16 Jan. 2011
Title of proceedings Program from the 2011 World Universities Forum
Editor(s) [unknown]
Publication date 2011
Conference series World Universities Forum
Start page 1
End page 1
Total pages 1
Publisher The Hong Kong Education Research Association and Hong Kong Institute of Education
Place of publication Hong Kong
Keyword(s) theory-practice
higher education
front-end loading program
work-integrated learning
Mead
theory of emergence
pre-service teacher education
Summary This paper shows how Mead’s theory of emergence can prove explanatory in how the theory-practice gap is co-created and sustained in front-end loading university programs. Taking teacher education as an exemplar, we argue that the trainee teacher encounters different and oft-times conflicting environmental, social and cultural conditions in the two “fields of interaction” of the training program, namely, on-campus work and in-school experience. The argument draws on interview and focus group data collected via a study of first-year graduate teachers of an Australian teacher education program. We conclude that role taking and self-regulated behaviour within the two environmental fields of interaction in front-end loading programs inhibit the trainee professional from exercising the power of agency to implement theory learned at university in practice in the workplace. Further, we propose that Mead’s theory of emergence proves effective in explaining a major limitation of front-end-loaded university programs.
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 ©2011, Hong Kong Education Research Association and Hong Kong Institute of Education
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30064090

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