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Loo, Daron Benjamin; Maidom, Ritha; Kitjaroonchai, Nakhon – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2019
This study examined borderland discourse emergent from the practicum experiences of non-native English speaking pre-service teachers (PSTs) in a Thai primary school. Borderland discourse is defined as a space where personal and professional constructs intersect, which is often in a state of dissonance. Over a ten-week practicum period, the PSTs…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Cobb, Donella J.; Harlow, Ann; Clark, Linda – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2018
This paper brings a unique, longitudinal perspective to the field of teacher identity by extending on Lave and Wenger's notion of legitimate peripheral participation to theorise the relationship between teacher identity and agency in multiple and temporal practicum contexts. This study examined eight pre-service teachers in three teaching…
Descriptors: Correlation, Longitudinal Studies, Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers
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Nguyen, Minh Hue – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2017
This paper reports on how Maria (pseudonym), a non-native English speaker (NNES) and preservice teacher (PST) of English as an additional language (EAL), developed her professional identity during the practicum in an Australian secondary school. Drawing on activity theory, the study identified contradictions in Maria's practicum activity and…
Descriptors: Professional Identity, Language Teachers, English for Academic Purposes, Second Language Learning
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Nielsen, Wendy; Mena, Juanjo; Clarke, Anthony; O'Shea, Sarah; Hoban, Garry; Collins, John – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2017
This paper offers an overview of what motivates and challenges Australian supervising teachers to work with preservice teachers in their classrooms. In the contemporary Australian context of new National Professional Standards for Teachers, a new national curriculum and new standards for Initial Teacher Education programs, what motivates and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Supervision, Cooperating Teachers, Student Teacher Supervisors
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Ell, Fiona; Haigh, Mavis; Cochran-Smith, Marilyn; Grudnoff, Lexie; Ludlow, Larry; Hill, Mary F. – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2017
Despite a growing body of knowledge about what content, processes and arrangements for learning may result in more effective initial teacher education, there remains a problem with the variability of outcomes from teacher education programmes. This paper reports on a multi-perspective exploration of what influences learning to teach in valued ways…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Teacher Educators, Mentors, Experienced Teachers
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Parr, Graham; Faulkner, Julie; Rowe, Craig – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2017
Many teacher education institutions across the world are now initiating and supporting international teaching practicums to better prepare their teaching graduates to teach for diversity. Recently, some of these practicums have embedded service-learning structures and discourses to further encourage pre-service teachers (PSTs) to think beyond…
Descriptors: Practicums, International Education, Foreign Countries, Teacher Education Programs
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Clarke, Matthew; Sheridan, Lynn – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2017
This paper stems from research in Australia examining pre-service teacher and mentor teacher experiences on the practicum. The paper focuses on findings from the research, highlighting the tendency among the pre-service teachers to either valorise or demonise their mentor teachers, reflective of what we describe, following Kristeva and Britzman,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Mentors, Beginning Teachers
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Le Cornu, Rosie – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2016
The title of the 2014 Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) conference was "Teacher Education, An Audit: Building a platform for future engagement." One of the conference themes was "Professional Experience: What works? Why?" I seized upon this theme and the title of the conference as it afforded me an opportunity to…
Descriptors: Futures (of Society), Teacher Education, Conferences (Gatherings), Foreign Countries
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Shann, Steve – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2015
A pre-service teacher clashes with his mentor and the practicum ends badly. There is distress and a sense of failure all round. Questions get asked. Was the pre-service teacher simply unsuited to this demanding profession? Was the teacher education inadequate? Was the mentor a good fit? Were there the right kinds of support in place? Was the…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Scholarship, Preservice Teachers, Mentors
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Ell, Fiona; Haigh, Mavis – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2015
Assessing whether or not a teacher candidate is ready to take their own class is a high-stakes decision that requires consideration of multiple, often competing, sources of information. Three research instruments were designed to explore how mentors judge readiness to teach during final practicum placements. This article describes the three…
Descriptors: Mentors, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Competencies, Readiness
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Cheng, Eric C. K. – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2014
This paper presents an evaluation study of an innovative and theory-based initial teacher education course entitled Learning Study, the aim of which is to develop the instructional design and teaching competency of pre-service teachers in Hong Kong. The Learning Study course is offered to all second year students as part of the Bachelor of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education, Instructional Design, Teacher Competencies
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Jones, Mellita; Ryan, Josephine – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2014
It is argued that online discussion is a useful tool for creating opportunities for learning in teacher education. In a project designed to improve the practicum in rural areas, researchers placed pre-service teachers (PSTs) in two different moderated online discussion forums: an unstructured personal blog space and a structured threaded…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Practicums
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Reitano, Paul; Green, Nicole C. – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2013
This article reports the investigation of change in preservice teachers' conceptions of effective history teaching across a secondary history methods course in a postgraduate diploma of education program. Using concept mapping to plot shifts in their expressed reflections, data were obtained that indicate personal constructs of effective history…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, History Instruction, Secondary Education, Methods Courses
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Trent, John – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2013
This paper reports on a qualitative study that investigated the lived experiences of a group of pre-service English language teachers during a teaching practicum in Hong Kong. Multiple, in-depth interviews with student teachers were conducted during a 6-week practicum to understand the students' experiences of becoming teachers. A contribution of…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Self Concept, Professional Identity, Practicums
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Sim, Cheryl – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2011
The school-based experiences of preservice teachers are much reported in research with school placement often presented as a "high stakes" endeavour. However, there is limited research on the impact of their presence on supervising teachers. This paper highlights supervision as bringing a change to teaching that impacts on teachers' identities.…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Practicums, Teacher Supervision, Field Experience Programs
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