Book Chapter

Clinical Praxis exams: Linking academic study with professional practice knowledge

B Kameniar, LML Davies, J Kinsman, C Reid, D Tyler, D Acquaro

A Companion to Research in Teacher Education | Published : 2017

Abstract

One of the more salient challenges facing teacher educators and curriculum leaders in schools is how to assist beginning teachers to link their academic studies with professional practice knowledge. Solutions from within the university frequently emphasise links between theory and practice through university based tasks requiring pre-service teachers (teacher candidates) to trial an idea in the classroom and report back in university classes. This approach can be seen as intrusive by classroom teachers or as decontextualised by teacher candidates and students in schools. On occasions, teacher candidates have reported complaints about this approach, as well as feeling the need to “take sides”..

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