Author Faculty (Discipline)

Education

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2013

Journal

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

Volume Number

38

Issue Number

12

Page Numbers

36-54

ISSN

1835-517X

ANZSRC / FoR Code

130103 Higher Education

Reportable Items

C1

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.

Field of Education

07 Education

Peer Review

Before publication

Staff Classification

Permanent

Comments

Used by permission: the authors.

This is an open access article.

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