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ERIC Number: EJ880196
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1359-866X
Involving a Village: Student Teachers' Sense of Belonging in Their School-Based Placement
Ussher, Bill
Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, v38 n2 p103-116 May 2010
Educating a student on teaching placement involves a "village", just as it takes a whole "village" to raise a child. Creating a "village" around each student teacher gives them greater agency, a sense of belonging and being valued as a member of that professional "village". Participating students, teachers and lecturers share their perceptions of experiences in the one-day school-based placement that student teachers are required to undertake in a University of Waikato distance programme. Opportunities, relationships and a sense of inclusion are identified as influencing characteristics, "the all important human infrastructure that provides the opportunity for learners to succeed" (Campbell-Gibson, 1997, p. 8) rather than any modern technologies. Findings indicate that where the school acted as the "village of learning", the perceived suitability of the placement as a site for learning teaching was conceptualised through a developed sense of belonging, accomplishment and inclusion. It is argued that greater effort should be made by initial teacher education providers to locate such "villages" for student teacher placements. (Contains 4 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: New Zealand