Pairs on practicum: Early childhood students collaborate with peers in preschool/kindergarten

Year: 2002

Author: Walsh, Kerryann, Elmslie, Leona, Tayler, Collette

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Uncertain futures demand that early childhood student teachers emerge from teacher education programs with capabilities to engage in teamwork, to collaborate in curriculum decision-making and to develop practices for critical reflection. This paper reports on a pilot project for pairing early childhood students for their first 20-day practicum in preschools and kindergartens at an Australian University. The paper discusses the benefits and challenges as reported by the participants in interviews and surveys, and analyses findings in relation to the extant literature on best practice in practicum and methods for facilitating learning in preservice teacher education.