Engaging with images: understanding identity of beginning pre-service teachers and the impacts of pastoral care in a community of practice

Noble, Karen and Henderson, Robyn (2007) Engaging with images: understanding identity of beginning pre-service teachers and the impacts of pastoral care in a community of practice. In: 3rd International Conference on Pedagogies and Learning, 27-28 Sept 2007, Springfield, Queensland, Australia.

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[Abstract]: 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

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Additional Information: The published version of this paper as made available here, which appeared in Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 33 (1), 2008, differs in title from the conference version cited in this record: Engaging with images and stories: using a Learning Circle approach to develop agency of beginning “at-risk” pre-service teachers. USQ publication. The authors retain individual copyright of their own papers.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2010 23:51
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:45
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
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7287

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