The complexities of supporting Asian international pre-service teachers as they undertake practicum

Spooner-Lane, Rebecca S., Tangen, Donna J., & Campbell, Marilyn A. (2009) The complexities of supporting Asian international pre-service teachers as they undertake practicum. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 37(1), pp. 79-94.

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Increasing numbers of Asian international students are choosing to undertake their tertiary studies in English speaking countries. For universities, international students are an important source of revenue. However, Asian international students face multiple challenges in adapting to a foreign culture, understanding the expectations of their role, and adjusting to language, communication and cultural differences. These challenges are manifested, in particular, during practicum or field experience. This paper investigated the concerns of twenty Asian pre-service teachers before and after their practicum in Australian schools by drawing upon data from focus group interviews. While language barriers and cultural differences were identified concerns before the practicum, concerns about their relationship with their supervising teachers and the limited time in which they had to learn also emerged after the practicum. Whilst the findings are limited to the present study, implications for supporting Asian international pre-service teachers during practicum are discussed.

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ID Code: 14998
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: international Asian pre, service teachers, practicum experience, university support, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/13598660802530776
ISSN: 1469-2945
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Taylor & Francis
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Deposited On: 02 Oct 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 05:01

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