Critical service-learning: Promoting values orientation and enterprise skills in pre-service teacher programmes

Iyer, Radha, Carrington, Suzanne, Mercer, Louise, & Selva, Gitta (2016) Critical service-learning: Promoting values orientation and enterprise skills in pre-service teacher programmes. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. (In Press)

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Experiential learning pathways within education programmes such as Service-learning are a means to enrich the learning of pre-service teachers. As a pathway, Service-learning provides value-oriented learning focused on inclusion, diversity, and difference. This paper adopts critical social theory to examine how, along with these values, critical Service-learning promotes a deeper comprehension of values such as empathy, civic responsibility, social justice, and equity. Our paper also studies how, along with values, enterprise skills develop when pre-service teachers adopt a self-responsible, decision-making approach to implementing inclusion, social justice, and equity. Fifty-one data sets from interviews, questionnaires, and reflection logs with two groups of students over two semesters were examined to comprehend the unique experiences of students as they navigated through values and enterprise skills. The study concludes by reiterating the value of incorporating nontraditional ways of learning that align with the traditional pedagogical offerings for pre-service teachers.

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ID Code: 98695
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Enterprise skills, pre-service teacher, service-learning, teacher education, values
DOI: 10.1080/1359866X.2016.1210083
ISSN: 1469-2945
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Australian Teacher Education Association
Deposited On: 06 Sep 2016 22:56
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2016 04:59

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