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Masterly preparation: embedding clinical practice in a graduate pre-service teacher education programme


McLean Davies, L and Anderson, M and Deans, J and Dinham, S and Griffin, P and Kameniar, BM and Page, J and Reid, C and Rickards, F and Tayler, C and Tyler, D, Masterly preparation: embedding clinical practice in a graduate pre-service teacher education programme, Journal of Education for Teaching, 39, (1) pp. 93-106. ISSN 0260-7476 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/02607476.2012.733193


This paper describes the implementation of the Master of Teaching degree which was introduced at the University of Melbourne in 2008. The programme aims to produce a new generation of teachers (early years, primary and secondary) who are interventionist practitioners, with high-level analytic skills and capable of using data and evidence to identify and address the learning needs of individual learners. The programme marks a fundamental change to the way in which teachers have traditionally been prepared in the University of Melbourne and builds a strong link between theory and practice. This linking occurs within a new partnership model with selected schools. The model was influenced by the Teachers for a New Era programme in the USA and by the clinical background of senior faculty. The programme sees teaching as a clinical-practice profession such as is found in many allied health professions; this understanding is also embraced by the university’s partnership schools. These schools are used as clinical sites, actively involving their best teachers in the clinical training component. These teachers are recognised as members of the university and are highly skilled professionals who are capable of interventionist teaching and who use appropriate assessment tools to inform their teaching of individual children.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Master of Teaching, clinical profession, interventionist practice, partnership, theory/practice links
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:Kameniar, BM (Dr Barbara Kameniar)
ID Code:122557
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:37
Deposited By:Office of the Faculty of Education
Deposited On:2017-11-17
Last Modified:2017-12-13

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