ERIC Number: EJ724223
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing for Professional Experiences--Incorporating Pre-Service Teachers as "Communities of Practice"
Teaching & Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v22 n1 p77-83 Jan 2006
This paper focuses on a model of delivery of professional experience courses for pre-service teachers that has been running in the author's institution for 9 years. The overall purpose of the model has been to assist the development of a reflective approach in pre-service teachers as they build their professional knowledge in schools and on campus. To achieve this purpose, the design of the courses for professional experience has used a framework of "communities of practice". Following a major evaluation of the course through student surveys, the author examines the achievements and continuing challenges of developing a sense of professional community among pre-service teachers. The model of the course is a substantial teaching experience in a secondary school, supported by a campus-based tutorial component.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Teaching Experience, Preservice Teacher Education, Reflective Teaching, Preservice Teachers, Secondary Schools, Experiential Learning, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia