When your first year is your final year: Changing perceptions of practicum through NESB preservice teachers' eyes

Spooner-Lane, Rebecca S., Tangen, Donna J., & Campbell, Marilyn A. (2007) When your first year is your final year: Changing perceptions of practicum through NESB preservice teachers' eyes. In First Year Higher Education Conference, 6 July 2007, Brisbane: Queensland Univeristy of Technology. (Unpublished)


There are a growing number of international and national non-English speaking background (NESB) students studying teacher education in Australian universities. These students are hoping to gain their teacher registration and secure employment in Australian schools through undertaking the one-year Graduate Diploma program. For these students, their first year of teacher training is also their last, which presents unique challenges. In the present study, NESB student teachers’ perceptions of practicum before and following school experiences were examined. The study’s findings suggest that NESB student teachers, when faced with the complexities of teaching in a foreign country, are susceptible to experiencing a ‘culture shock’ during practicum. A differentiated mode of practicum delivery with greater support is required to assist these student teachers to manage the intricacies of teaching in an Australian classroom context.

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ID Code: 10252
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the conference’s web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: Non English Speaking Background (NESB) Preservice Teachers, Practicum Experiences, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 22 Oct 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 01:05

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