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Internship : interpreting micropolitical contexts

Ehrich, Lisa C. & Millwater, Jan (2011) Internship : interpreting micropolitical contexts. The Australian Educational Researcher, 38(4), pp. 467-481.

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Abstract

Many university faculties of education across Australia employ a model of internship for final semester pre-service teacher education students to help them make a smooth transition into the teaching profession. While a growing body of research has explored pre-service teachers’ experiences of their practicum, including the internship, which is the final professional experience within a course of study, very little work has considered micropolitics as a lens through which to interpret interns’ relationships with their school supervisors/mentors. This paper uses a micropolitical framework to interpret reflective reports written by 145 Bachelor of Education (primary) interns who recorded their perceptions of their professional learning experience within the context of a relationship with their school-based mentors. Several key themes are identified that highlight interns’ reports of a range of micropolitical strategies at play. The paper concludes by raising a number of implications for universities and schools regarding how better to facilitate interns’ transition into the profession.

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ID Code: 47999
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Internship, Micropolitics, Mentoring, Collaboration
DOI: 10.1007/s13384-011-0035-7
ISSN: 0311-6999
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 > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 The Australian Association for Research in Education, Inc.
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink http://www.springerlink.com
Deposited On: 11 Jan 2012 08:32
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 23:31

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