A pilot study in challenging pre-service education students’ anxieties about their practical experiences in professional education

Campbell, Marilyn A. & Uusimaki, Lisa S. (2006) A pilot study in challenging pre-service education students’ anxieties about their practical experiences in professional education. In Haigh, Mavis, Beddoe, Elizabeth, & Rose, Dennis (Eds.) Practical Experiences in Professional Education Conference, 1-3 February, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Most pre-service education students experience transient anxiety about becoming a teacher which decreases as knowledge and skills increase during training. However, some students express continuing anxiety which is distressing and inhibits their learning. This paper will discuss some of the evaluations from a workshop called "Teaching with Confidence" that was offered to eighteen pre-service education students experiencing excessive anxiety about their teaching practicum at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. The day long workshop covered teaching strategies, understanding anxiety, coping mechanisms and the supervisory relationship. The pre-service student teachers were also introduced to experiential, small group exercises and role plays. Results from the pilot study demonstrated the need and the demand for workshops that address students’ excessive anxiety about their practical experiences. It would seem that the impact of the explanation of the supervision process and the notion of personal power could be empowering for students and warrants further investigation.

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ID Code: 6043
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: field experience, anxiety, teacher education, HERN
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 > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 01 Feb 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 01:06

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