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What's the difference and where is the evidence? Investigating student teachers learning about literacy in a school based vs university based experience

conference contribution
posted on 2008-01-01, 00:00 authored by Simone White, H Hill
This paper is in response to increasing national and international interest in the role of university teacher education programs in preparing pre-service  teachers in the area of early years literacy. The most effective manner to  facilitate this learning in teacher education is however not known and much debate exists about the merits of university-based versus school-based  approaches. It is within this context that the authors of this paper conducted a study that investigated student teachers learning about literacy through two different approaches both with distinctive design features. The first approach offered student teachers a school based experience, adopting a two hour micro-teaching model in a preparatory classroom; the other, a mainstream university based approach where students attended a tutorial for two hours. These two approaches were then compared for factors that student teachers articulated through a written survey. In analysing the data, two main findings emerged; firstly from the student teachers’ perspective, choice of approach resulted in improved learning and secondly, from the researchers’ perspective that student teachers placed in the school based approach emerged with a deeper understanding of the complexity of literacy teaching in general.

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Event

Australian Teacher Education Association Conference (2008 : Sunshine Coast, Qld.)

Pagination

372 - 380

Publisher

Australian Teacher Education Association

Location

Sunshine Coast, Qld.

Place of publication

[Melbourne, Vic]

Start date

2008-07-08

End date

2008-07-11

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2008, Australian Teacher Education Association

Editor/Contributor(s)

T Aspland

Title of proceedings

ATEA 2008 : Teacher Educators at Work : What works and where is the evidence? Proceedings of the 2008 Australian Teacher Education Association. Conference

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