The overseas practicum experience and its impact on pre-service teachers professional and personal development

Year: 2004

Author: Tome, Amy, Fitzsimmons, Phil, McKenzie, Barbra

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

In many Australian universities, overseas practicums have long been offering pre-service teacher programs as an option apart from the domestic practicum in their courses. Yet, there is a paucity of information available that details exactly the impact of this experience on the pre-service teachers' personal and professional development. This presentation will focus on the results of a study being undertaken this year that aims to help fulfil this gap in the literature. The study will focus on the 2004 cohort of pre-service teachers who take part in a Fiji Practicum in June. A Naturalistic Approach will be employed and so qualitative data will be collected to preserve the uniqueness of each pre-service teacher's experience and its impact on them. These results will then be of interest to those involved in the co-ordination of such programs. It will perhaps support the notion that these programs are ideal in providing pre-service teachers with global and multicultural perspectives, essential when entering any classroom of today.