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Loo, Daron Benjamin; Maidom, Ritha; Kitjaroonchai, Nakhon – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2019
This study examined borderland discourse emergent from the practicum experiences of non-native English speaking pre-service teachers (PSTs) in a Thai primary school. Borderland discourse is defined as a space where personal and professional constructs intersect, which is often in a state of dissonance. Over a ten-week practicum period, the PSTs…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Charteris, Jennifer; Dargusch, Joanne – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2018
There is both a growing appreciation of teacher assessment capability for the improvement of school student learning and achievement and a commensurate drive for graduates in Australian Initial Teacher Education institutions to demonstrate impact on school student learning as part of a national accreditation process. We argue in this article that…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Educational Improvement, Accreditation (Institutions), Practicums
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Nguyen, Minh Hue – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2017
This paper reports on how Maria (pseudonym), a non-native English speaker (NNES) and preservice teacher (PST) of English as an additional language (EAL), developed her professional identity during the practicum in an Australian secondary school. Drawing on activity theory, the study identified contradictions in Maria's practicum activity and…
Descriptors: Professional Identity, Language Teachers, English for Academic Purposes, Second Language Learning
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Stenberg, Katariina; Rajala, Antti; Hilppo, Jaakko – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2016
This article presents a design for supporting theory-practice reflection in teacher practicums. This design is based on three design principles that promote a transformative stance towards the creation of novel pedagogical approaches: mutual transformation of theory and practice, co-design among supervising teachers, university lecturers and…
Descriptors: Theory Practice Relationship, Transformative Learning, Student Teachers, Portfolios (Background Materials)
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Shann, Steve – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2015
A pre-service teacher clashes with his mentor and the practicum ends badly. There is distress and a sense of failure all round. Questions get asked. Was the pre-service teacher simply unsuited to this demanding profession? Was the teacher education inadequate? Was the mentor a good fit? Were there the right kinds of support in place? Was the…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Scholarship, Preservice Teachers, Mentors
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Jones, Mellita; Ryan, Josephine – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2014
It is argued that online discussion is a useful tool for creating opportunities for learning in teacher education. In a project designed to improve the practicum in rural areas, researchers placed pre-service teachers (PSTs) in two different moderated online discussion forums: an unstructured personal blog space and a structured threaded…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Practicums
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Reitano, Paul; Green, Nicole C. – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2013
This article reports the investigation of change in preservice teachers' conceptions of effective history teaching across a secondary history methods course in a postgraduate diploma of education program. Using concept mapping to plot shifts in their expressed reflections, data were obtained that indicate personal constructs of effective history…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, History Instruction, Secondary Education, Methods Courses
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Parr, Graham – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2012
Across the world, the work of teacher educators in universities is subject to contradictory discourses of, on the one hand, globalisation and standardisation and, on the other, innovation in both teaching and research. This article is a critical account of a particular experience of an Australian teacher educator leading an international teaching…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Practicums, Foreign Countries, Teacher Educators
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Al-Barakat, Ali; Al-Hassan, Omayya – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2009
This study investigates how peer assessment contributes to enhancing student teachers' preparation during field experience. A semi-structured interview was conducted with 72 student teachers. The findings showed that the student teachers have positive beliefs about peer assessment. They think that it can be beneficial if some changes are made in…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Interviews, Foreign Countries