Book Chapter

Creating a third space for learning in teacher education

H Cahill

Educating Australia: Challenges for the Decade Ahead | University of Melbourne Press | Published : 2017


School students have been missing as a partner in teacher education. The traditional approach to pre-service training provides two spaces for learning: the theoretical space of the academy, and the practicum conducted within the school. The academic space is used to help teachers to learn about pedagogy, curriculum, assessment and the cultural and psychological needs of their future students. They learn about why they should work in particular ways and what this might look like in practice. Within the second learning space, pre-service teachers enter the school and learn through using their knowledge in action. They practise on students and receive feedback and coaching from advanced practit..

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