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ERIC Number: EJ783557
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1359-866X
Beyond a Command Performance: Reflections on "Classmates" as a New Teacher Preparation Initiative
Ferfolja, Tania
Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, v36 n1 p5-18 Feb 2008
This paper reflects on a new pre-service teacher education initiative, "Classmates." "Classmates" is a collaboration between the University of Western Sydney (UWS) and the New South Wales Department of Education and Training (DET), South Western Sydney Region. "Classmates" aims to prepare pre-service teachers to work in challenging, hard-to-staff schools. These contexts typically have socially disadvantaged populations and annually experience teacher shortages and high teacher turnover, particularly amongst beginning and early career teachers. "Classmates" seeks to produce beginning teachers who are highly prepared for, confident and mentally and emotionally equipped to work in such environments. This discussion focuses on some of the positive attributes about the initiative, particularly its practicum structure; its nurturing of pre-service teachers to work in challenging contexts; and its strong focus on networking and development of ongoing support structures. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia