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ERIC Number: EJ926807
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0313-5373
Enabling Group-Based Learning in Teacher Education: A Case Study of Student Experience
de Jong, Terry A.; Cullity, Marguerite; Haig, Yvonne; Sharp, Sue; Spiers, Sue; Wren, Julia
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, v36 n5 p92-105 Apr 2011
"Teacher education ill prepares pre-service teachers for the classroom." Research conducted in a teacher education program at Edith Cowan University (ECU) responded to this criticism. This longitudinal case study selected group work (i.e., group-based learning) to investigate the quality of its teacher education program. Phase one explored teacher educators' perceptions of group-based learning. Phase two explored pre-service teachers' perceptions and experience of group-based learning. This phase used student "voice" (i.e., through focus groups, confirmed field notes, summary sheets) to convey their ideas and experiences when studying in a group and/or implementing group-based learning in the classroom. This paper discusses phase two findings which show the importance of consistency and coherence in understanding group-based learning principles and practices, and the broad "conditions" and "actions" that enable meaningful learning. The research has enabled ECU teacher educators to enhance the quality of the teacher education program.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania