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ERIC Number: EJ815615
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1446-5442
Hong Kong Student Teachers' Beliefs about Children's Learning: Influences of a Cross-Cultural Early Childhood Teaching Experience
Brownlee, Joanne; Chak, Amy
Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, v7 p11-21 2007
Twenty-one in-service early childhood students participated in a teaching practicum in Australia as part of the final year of a Bachelor of Arts in Hong Kong. Students spent two weeks visiting a university and early childhood settings in Australia. The university based component of the program included workshops and discussions with lecturing staff located in both the Australian and Hong Kong universities. Students were asked to complete written statements about "What is children's learning?" before and after their practicum experience. An inductive analysis of students' written statements and practicum evaluations revealed an increase in beliefs about children's learning as "active understanding" over the two-week period. Implications for teacher education programs are discussed. (Contains 2 tables and 1 footnote.)
University of Newcastle. School of Education, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Hong Kong