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Cultural contrasts in the classroom: Preparing international pre-service teachers for professional experience


Muir, T and Ashman, G and Short, M and Jales, A and Myhill, M, Cultural contrasts in the classroom: Preparing international pre-service teachers for professional experience, Cultures of Learning - Proceedings of the Teaching Matters 2010 Conference, 24-25 November 2010, Sir Raymond Ferrall Centre, University of Tasmania, pp. 70-82. (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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International pre-service teachers often encounter a range of difficulties in their Professional Experience that differentiate them from the majority of the pre-service teacher cohort. The linguistic and communicative requirements placed upon these international preservice teachers are significant, as is the cultural adjustment that is necessary in order for them to operate effectively in the classroom. As a result, they often struggle with the dissonance they feel when they begin their Professional Experience placements. The study reported on in this paper describes an intervention program that was undertaken with a group of international pre-service teachers studying a teaching degree at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). International pre-service and colleague teacher perspectives both indicate that this group needs and benefits from additional support that addresses both linguistic and cultural differences. It was also evident that the preparation of pre-service teachers needs to be a partnership with the education faculty which extends beyond the university environment into the classroom

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:international pre-service teachers, professional experienc
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Equity and access to education
UTAS Author:Muir, T (Associate Professor Tracey Muir)
UTAS Author:Ashman, G (Dr Greg Ashman)
UTAS Author:Short, M (Dr Megan Short)
UTAS Author:Jales, A (Ms Alison Jales)
UTAS Author:Myhill, M (Dr Marion Myhill)
ID Code:68055
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2011-03-09
Last Modified:2014-11-26
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