Innovating in First Year Pre-service Teacher Education: “Buddy Up”

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Elsden-Clifton, Jennifer
Jordan, Kathy
Carr, Nicky
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Robyn Brandenburg; Sharon McDonough; Jenene Burke; Simone White

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2016
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In response to the changing regulatory climate of initial teacher education, coupled with first year students’ needs to effectively transition to higher education, the School of Education at RMIT University reconceptualised its first year Bachelor of Education program to incorporate paired (buddied) placements as an integral component of a site-based professional experience model. This chapter presents an overview of this innovation, grounded in current literature about innovations in the pre-service teacher (PST) practicum and literature about transition into higher education. It presents research that examines PSTs’ perceptions of being ‘buddied’ and highlights the complexity and sometimes uncomfortable nature of innovation and change within initial teacher education.

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Teacher Education

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© 2016 Springer. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. It is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the publisher’s website for further information.

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Technical, Further and Workplace Education

Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators

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