Engaging with images and stories: using a Learning Circle approach to develop agency of beginning 'at-risk' pre-service teachers

Noble, Karen and Henderson, Robyn (2008) Engaging with images and stories: using a Learning Circle approach to develop agency of beginning 'at-risk' pre-service teachers. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 33 (1). pp. 1-16. ISSN 0313-5373

PDF (Accepted Version)

Download (555Kb)


At a regional Australian university, a Learning Circle approach was implemented with a small group of first year education students who identified themselves as “at risk” of failure in the tertiary context. As part of their participation in weekly meetings, the students engaged in discussion, reflection and problem-solving related to their transition to university study. They also participated in a visual research inquiry which included the construction of photographic images and research conversations about being university students and dealing with study demands. Through the privileging of interactions and relationships, the students were able to make connections to other Discourses from their lives outside university and began to develop a sense of agency and a growing capacity to move within and between their multiple identities. This article argues that, in order to address transition and retention issues within teacher education, effective social integration and support should accompany academic preparedness.

Statistics for USQ ePrint 3792
Statistics for this ePrint Item
Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited with permission of publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2008 02:52
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2015 03:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning circles; agency; visual research inquiry; support for tertiary students; first-year experience; higher education
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3792

Actions (login required)

View Item Archive Repository Staff Only