Taking a 'reality' check : expanding pre-service teachers' views on pedagogy and diversity

Ryan, Mary E., Carrington, Suzanne B., Selva, Gitta, & Healy, Annah H. (2009) Taking a 'reality' check : expanding pre-service teachers' views on pedagogy and diversity. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 37(2), pp. 155-173.

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The outcomes of a two-pronged 'real-world' learning project, which aimed to expand the views of pre-service teachers about learning, pedagogy and diversity, will be discussed in this paper. Seventy-two fourth-year and 22 first-year students, enrolled in a Bachelor of Education degree in Queensland, Australia, were engaged in community sites outside of university lectures, and separate from their practicum. Using Butin's conceptual framework for service learning, we show evidence that this approach can enable pre-service teachers to see new realities about the dilemmas and ambiguities of performing as learners and as teachers. We contend that when such 'real-world' experiences have different foci at different times in their four-year degree, pre-service teachers have more opportunities to develop sophisticated understandings of pedagogy in diverse contexts for diverse learners.

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ID Code: 27284
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: authentic learning, diversity, pedagogy, pre-service teacher education, service learning , HERN
DOI: 10.1080/13598660902804303
ISSN: 1359-866X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group)
Deposited On: 08 Sep 2009 22:05
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 04:58

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