Service learning: A new pedagogy for Australian teacher education?

Year: 2002

Author: McLeod, Julie Hinde

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Teaching is a complex practice that is at once a personal, technical, social, cultural, economic and political endeavour, and which engages the teacher in interactions and relationships that extend well beyond the classroom. Teaching practice cannot be divorced from the contexts of family and community as well as politics and society. This paper reviews recent trends and perspectives in relation to teaching education and practice. A pilot course in teacher education commencing in 2003 at the University of Newcastle is presented to demonstrate an approach to teacher education that seeks to enhance the capacity of graduating teachers to appreciate the impact of personal biography, context and experience on teaching practice and to engage positively with families and communities.