It's great to think about difficult issues in a safe and supportive environment: scenario-based learning in early childhood teacher education

Sorin, Reesa (2015) It's great to think about difficult issues in a safe and supportive environment: scenario-based learning in early childhood teacher education. International Journal of Early Childhood Learning, 21 (3-4). pp. 9-20.

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Early Childhood preservice teachers often experience a theory/practice divide between their university studies and actual classroom practice. Yet, as Adam (in Errington 2010) notes, "There is a certain 'complementarity' between theory and practice that is perhaps most productive at the nexus between the two" (97). Scenario-based learning (SBL) is a means through which that nexus can be explored; theory applied to practice; and preservice teachers more supported in their transition to professional practice. SBL is based on Lave and Wegner's (1991) concept of situated learning, where apprentices are "schooled" in the ways of the profession by expert practitioners, in what they term, "legitimate peripheral participation." Scenarios are hypothetical situations created to situate learners in a "real life" context within the safety of the classroom and as a way to practice and trial ways of responding to various professional issues. In this research, SBL was introduced into an online Early Childhood Education university subject and developed over a number of years using an Action Research framework. Through learner and colleague feedback and critical reflection, scenarios have been refined to more closely align with learner needs and changes to early childhood policy and practice. This paper reports on the process of developing scenario-based learning, from its inception through to its current delivery.

Item ID: 40713
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2327-8722
Keywords: preservice teacher education; scenario-based learning; authentic learning
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Author Reesa Sorin has arranged with Common Ground for the accepted versions of 15 of her articles to be available under open access for a once off fee. Email saved to Supp Docs folder.

Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2015 03:53
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development @ 60%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930104 Moral and Social Development (incl. Affect) @ 40%
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