ERIC Number: ED374125
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Politics, Practice, and Policy in Linking Teacher Education and Vocational Education through Fieldwork Experiences. Draft.
Harreveld, Bobby; And Others
Several recent developments represent attempts to remove at least some of the barriers between the teacher education and vocational education sectors of Australian tertiary education. A specific site where this trend is apparent is fieldwork experiences, which are partly intended to broaden students' understandings of professional knowledge and practice by means of placing teacher education students in workplace training sites, colleges/institutes of technical and further education, and private providers of post-compulsory vocational education and training. A closer examination of practice and the overt and covert policies and politics in these fields of work is advocated. This paper reconceptualizes these more integrated fieldwork experiences as a struggle for meaning and purpose, in which rhetoric and tokenism are juxtaposed with well intentioned efforts to empower participants. Specific recommendations are elaborated on for making this empowerment more rather than less likely. The political, practice, and policy issues involved in this kind of fieldwork have wider implications for future relations between teacher education and vocational education in Australia. (Author/LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia; Preservice Teachers
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Australian Teacher Education Association (24th, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, July 3-6, 1994).