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Pre-service teachers' attitudes towards overseas professional experience: Implications for professional practice

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Abstract


  • Reforms in Australia about the education of future teachers have

    placed a high degree of emphasis on the development of knowledge and skills

    that are necessary for practitioners who will ply their trade in culturally rich

    and diverse classrooms (Ramsey, 2000). There is now a broad consensus from

    key stakeholders (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership,

    2012) that pre-service teachers need to be provided with a range of

    opportunities that are grounded in classroom practices including exposure to

    teaching students overseas. The aim of this mixed mode study (Creswell, 2012)

    is to better understand the skills and knowledge that pre-service teachers need

    in order to function in and gain from their overseas professional experiences

    (OSPEX). In this study, we undertook semi-structured interviews, and then

    using the emerging themes compared a cohort of pre-service teachers’

    perceptions of OSPEX before and after their completed their professional

    experiences in Fiji via the use of a questionnaire. Results indicate that pre-service

    teachers need to be better prepared locally before attempting an OSPEX

    visit.

Authors


  •   Chinnappan, Mohan (external author)
  •   McKenzie, Barbra
  •   Fitzsimmons, Phil R. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Chinnappan, M., McKenzie, B. & Fitzsimmons, P. (2013). Pre-service teachers' attitudes towards overseas professional experience: Implications for professional practice. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38 (12), 36-54.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84908611910

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1423&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/424

Number Of Pages


  • 18

Start Page


  • 36

End Page


  • 54

Volume


  • 38

Issue


  • 12

Abstract


  • Reforms in Australia about the education of future teachers have

    placed a high degree of emphasis on the development of knowledge and skills

    that are necessary for practitioners who will ply their trade in culturally rich

    and diverse classrooms (Ramsey, 2000). There is now a broad consensus from

    key stakeholders (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership,

    2012) that pre-service teachers need to be provided with a range of

    opportunities that are grounded in classroom practices including exposure to

    teaching students overseas. The aim of this mixed mode study (Creswell, 2012)

    is to better understand the skills and knowledge that pre-service teachers need

    in order to function in and gain from their overseas professional experiences

    (OSPEX). In this study, we undertook semi-structured interviews, and then

    using the emerging themes compared a cohort of pre-service teachers’

    perceptions of OSPEX before and after their completed their professional

    experiences in Fiji via the use of a questionnaire. Results indicate that pre-service

    teachers need to be better prepared locally before attempting an OSPEX

    visit.

Authors


  •   Chinnappan, Mohan (external author)
  •   McKenzie, Barbra
  •   Fitzsimmons, Phil R. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Chinnappan, M., McKenzie, B. & Fitzsimmons, P. (2013). Pre-service teachers' attitudes towards overseas professional experience: Implications for professional practice. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38 (12), 36-54.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84908611910

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1423&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/424

Number Of Pages


  • 18

Start Page


  • 36

End Page


  • 54

Volume


  • 38

Issue


  • 12