Making the grade: describing inherent requirements for the Initial Teacher Education practicum

Sharplin, Elaine, Peden, Amy, and Marais, Ida (2015) Making the grade: describing inherent requirements for the Initial Teacher Education practicum. Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 44 (2). pp. 1-18.

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Abstract

This study explores the development, description and illustration of inherent requirement statements (IR) to make explicit the requirements for performance on an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) practicum. Through consultative group processes with stakeholders involved in ITE, seven inherent requirement domains were identified. From interviews with academics, first-person narratives (vignettes) were developed to illustrate pre-service teachers' performance in complex Professional Practice scenarios. The narratives were rated by university staff and pre-service teachers in relation to three of the IR domains: self-awareness, social awareness and sustained professional conduct. Narratives were placed along a continuum of performance using Rasch-model statistical analysis. The findings suggest that the IR domains and the narratives illustrating them could be valuable resources for making explicit required performance standards. The findings suggest that the development of explicit IR statements has the potential to improve all stakeholders' awareness of Professional Practice requirements and enhance course outcomes for all ITE students.

Item ID: 42955
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1359-866X
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2016 22:31
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development @ 100%
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