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The power of play: preparing international higher education students for practicum

Joseph, Dawn and Rouse, Elizabeth 2016, The power of play: preparing international higher education students for practicum, in HERDSA 2016 : The Shape of Higher Education : Proceedings of the 39th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia International Conference, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Hammondville, N.S.W., pp. 137-145.

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Title The power of play: preparing international higher education students for practicum
Author(s) Joseph, DawnORCID iD for Joseph, Dawn orcid.org/0000-0002-6320-900X
Rouse, ElizabethORCID iD for Rouse, Elizabeth orcid.org/0000-0002-2889-5382
Conference name Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. International Conference (39th : 2016 : Fremantle, Western Australia)
Conference location Freemantle, Western Australia
Conference dates 4-7 Jul. 2016
Title of proceedings HERDSA 2016 : The Shape of Higher Education : Proceedings of the 39th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia International Conference
Editor(s) Davis, Melissa
Goody, Allan
Publication date 2016
Conference series Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia International Conference
Start page 137
End page 145
Total pages 8
Publisher Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
Place of publication Hammondville, N.S.W.
Keyword(s) play as a tool
early childhood teaching
higher education
Summary With an increased number of international students undertaking higher education courses (degrees), Australian universities are challenged to prepare international students with the necessary understandings, knowledge and skills to effectively participate in the workplace. For many students, understanding Early Childhood Education in Australia is a new way of viewing teaching and learning from their own cultural perspective. In order to facilitate successful engagement during pre-service teacher practicums (placements) and in response to concerns raised by mentorteachers in the workplace, a pilot program was run at Deakin University in 2015 for students to undertake before placement. The program focused on ‘play’ as an innovative model of teaching. This paper situates itself as part of a wider study Improving work placement for international students, their mentors and other stakeholders. It draws on narrative reflection, classroom observation, questionnaire and interview data from the early childhood strand within the Master of Teaching course at Deakin University. Using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis the data was analysed and coded into two emerging themes: building confidence and competency skills and connecting to the early childhood context. Generalisationscannot be made to other educational institutions or context however; the findings reveal that ‘play’ can be used as a powerful tool to empower students to make connection with early childhood settings. It is hoped that the findings may provide a platform for further dialogue with other universities regarding how best we can prepare international education students at Australian universities for their practicum experience.
ISBN 9780908557967
ISSN 1441-001X
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio Economic Objective 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2016, HERDSA and The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30085579

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