Community Engagement: Linking Preservice Education Students with Teachers through Work-Integrated Learning
Ewing, Bronwyn F., McArdle, Felicity A., & Grieshaber, Susan J. (2006) Community Engagement: Linking Preservice Education Students with Teachers through Work-Integrated Learning. In Australian Collaborative Education Network Conference, 25-26th September 2006, Griffith University, Southport.
This project aims to build and strengthen the roles of graduate diploma of education students as engaged learners in school contexts. Students are required to attend school one day per week for the duration of their degree (1 year). During this time, it is expected that students will pursue knowledge and skill development for effective teaching in early childhood classrooms whilst at the same time improving their academic performance and learning about becoming an educator. This project serves as a foundation for promoting the value and importance of learning within the school and university context. It connects students with appropriate and effective teaching and learning opportunities in schools. This paper reflects on the experiences of a university liaison person involved in the project with nine students and one school from the beginning of 2006.
Changing demands in teacher university programs have been met with the expectation that higher education responds in innovative ways to meet the call for graduate employability (Orrell, 2004). Such ways have included supporting students with effective work related experiences that provide them with deliberate opportunities to access and participate in the field of teaching. For nine Graduate Diploma of Education students who are participating in a trial work-integrated learning project at QUT, this means the pursuit of knowledge and skill development for effective teaching in early childhood contexts.
There is now a global recognition of work-integrated learning. Varying models are informing its implementation (Gibson, Brodie, Sharpe, Wong, Deane & Fraser, 2006). Such models involve partnerships and strong relations among the participating groups, recognition for the parties involved and clear agreements between them (Orrell, 2004). At first glance, these aspects appear feasible, indeed achievable, given that the practicum experience has been a well established practice of university teaching degrees. However, unlike the practicum experience, students participating in work-integrated learning experiences are confronted with a number of challenges, not the least, learning and engaging in two contexts, the university and the school, understanding the discourses and practices attached to both institutions, and developing and sustaining relations between all parties involved in a one year degree. Similarly, there are challenges for school staff and academic staff. These challenges include sustaining relationships between students and staff, support for staff, and a feeling of being valued (Bates, 2005).
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Additional Information:||For more information, please refer to the publisher's website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.|
|Keywords:||work, integrated learning, teacher education|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100)|
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research|
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2006 (please consult author)|
|Deposited On:||11 Aug 2008|
|Last Modified:||15 Jan 2009 18:21|
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