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ERIC Number: ED453206
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 14
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Learning To Teach by Embedding Learning in Experience.
Loughran, John
This paper examines how to seriously question the ways that teachers are prepared to cope with the realities and demands of teaching and are equipped with a theoretical background to translate into their teaching. It looks at the approach to teacher preparation in the Faculty of Education at Australia's Monash University. The paper discusses program structure versus principles of practice and considers three assumptions: learning about teaching involves continual conflicting and competing demands that need to be recognized and responded to; learning about teaching requires a shift in focus from the curriculum to the learner; and learning about teaching is enhanced through student teacher research. The paper presents an anecdote written by one student teacher who researched his teaching by examining what would happen if he forced himself to wait during questioning. It concludes by presenting seven propositions that offer a constructivist approach to teaching and learning (e.g., the transition from learner to teacher is difficult but is aided by working closely with one's peers, student teachers should see the preservice program as an educational experience of value; and preservice education programs are inevitably inadequate). (Contains 15 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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