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The limitations of front-end loading in undergraduate university programs


Allen, JM and Sinclair, MR, The limitations of front-end loading in undergraduate university programs, Journal of the World Universities Forum, 4, (2) pp. 9-23. ISSN 1835-2030 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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This paper shows how Meadís theory of emergence can prove explanatory in how the theory-practice gap is co-created and sustained in front-end loading university programs. Taking teacher education as an exemplar, we argue that the trainee teacher encounters different and oft-times conflicting environmental, social and cultural conditions in the two "fields of interaction" of the training program, namely, on-campus work and in-school experience. The argument draws on interview and focus group data collected via a study of first-year graduate teachers of an Australian teacher education program. We conclude that role taking and self-regulated behaviour within the two environmental fields of interaction in front-end loading programs inhibit the trainee professional from exercising the power of agency to implement theory learned at university in practice in the workplace. Further, we propose that Meadís theory of emergence proves effective in explaining a major limitation of front-end-loaded university programs.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Academic Knowledge, Front-end Loading University Program, Limitations in University Programs, Pre-service Teacher Education, Theory and Practice
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teacher and instructor development
UTAS Author:Allen, JM (Dr Jeanne Allen)
ID Code:75547
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2012-02-02
Last Modified:2012-08-14

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