Thinking innovatively about advancing the innovative potential of preservice teachers

Klein, Mary (2004) Thinking innovatively about advancing the innovative potential of preservice teachers. In: Proceedings of the 2004 Australian Teacher Education Association National Conference, pp. 203-212. From: Making Spaces: regenerating the profession, 7 - 10 July 2004, Bathurst, NSW, Australia.

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Abstract

The recently released Australia's Teachers: Australia's Future (Department of Education, Science and Training, DEST, 2003) makes some very good points: it would indeed be wonderful to build a culture of continuous innovation in education wherein creative and enterprising persons who demonstrate high levels of competence and responsibility co-operate and learn productively together. However, the document itself is far from innovative in its views of how (preservice) teachers should be taught to foster learning in these new ways. In this paper I adopt a poststructuralist view that the capacity to act in innovative ways (or to defer to the accepted ways) is not a matter of personal knowledge, attitude or attribute alone, but partly at least shaped in teaching/learning relationships in teacher education and related educational sites. Because these relationships are constitutive of the educators of the future, their qualitative nature needs to change - epistemologically, so that preservice teachers learn better science and mathematics and more about technology enhanced learning as delineated in Australia's teachers: Australia's Future (DEST, 2003), but also ontologically such that preservice teachers themselves come to know innovative inquiry based ways-of-being a learner and educator in the twenty-first century.

Item ID: 7664
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: innovative potential; innovative teaching; preservice teachers; teaching
ISBN: 978-0-9752324-1-5
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2010 01:21
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education @ 56%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 24%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators @ 20%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 80%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 10%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939904 Gender Aspects of Education @ 10%
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