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Piloting teacher education practicum partnerships: teaching alliances for professional practice (TAPP)


Kertesz, J and Downing, J, Piloting teacher education practicum partnerships: teaching alliances for professional practice (TAPP), Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 41, (12) pp. 13-24. ISSN 0313-5373 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.14221/ajte.2016v41n12.2


This paper reports on a practicum partnerships pilot project between local schools and a teacher preparation program in a medium sized regional university. Whilst addressing recent governmental recommendations for improvements in the teacher education practicum, the project also sought greater suitability by connecting the professional skills of experienced design technology practitioners to school capability requirements, and flexibility by moving from an established block time model to negotiation between school needs and part-time student availability. Despite some local success, the project raised questions of scalability and sustainability, and more significantly transferability to a fully online environment with geographically dispersed students. The findings have implications for providers of teacher-education programs as they seek to enhance graduate capabilities and respond to national accreditation pressures

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:teacher education, practicum, professional experience, partnerships
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Teacher education and professional development of educators
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teacher and instructor development
UTAS Author:Kertesz, J (Dr John Kertesz)
UTAS Author:Downing, J (Dr Jillian Downing)
ID Code:114609
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-02-21
Last Modified:2017-09-13
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