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Fostering cultural awareness in pre-service teacher education : an experiment in Asia literacy capacity building in an Australian university

Henderson, Deborah J. (2010) Fostering cultural awareness in pre-service teacher education : an experiment in Asia literacy capacity building in an Australian university. In Emerging Trends In Higher Education Learning And Teaching : Proceedings of the TARC International Conference On Learning And Teaching, Tunku Abdul Rahman College, One World Hotel, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, pp. 148-155.

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    Abstract

    This paper presents the findings of a small pilot study conducted with a group of final year pre-service teachers studying a secondary social science curriculum method unit in an Australian university. One of the study’s research objectives aimed at identifying how students responded to efforts to embed intercultural understanding through Studies of Asia in their final curriculum method unit. The unit was designed and taught by the researcher on the assumption that beginning social science teachers need to be empowered with pedagogical skills and new dispositions to deal with value laden emerging regional and global concerns in their Australian secondary school classrooms. This pilot study’s research methodology was located within the qualitative framework of a participatory action research model whereby the lecturer who designed, coordinated and taught the unit was also the researcher. Its scope was limited to one semester with volunteer students. The pilot study sought to investigate responses to several issues, and this paper reports on pre-service teacher reflections on the content, pedagogy and learning they experienced in their weekly sessions with specific reference to cultural understanding, Studies of Asia and the development of Asia literacy. It also reports on pre-service teacher reflections about their own evolving capacity as beginning teachers. The findings indicate that pre-service teachers valued the opportunity to engage with learning experiences which enhanced their conceptual understandings about culture whilst also extending their pedagogical and content knowledge.

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    ID Code: 38373
    Item Type: Conference Paper
    Keywords: pre-service teacher education, Asia literacy, cultural understanding, social science curriculum, pedagogical and content knowledge, HERN
    ISBN: 9789670115009
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics Business and Management) (130205)
    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 > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
    Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Tunku Abdul Rahman College
    Copyright Statement: No part of this proceedings shall be reproduced by any means without prior written permission from Tunku Abdul Rahman College.
    Deposited On: 08 Nov 2010 13:14
    Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:26

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