Work-integrated learning for student teachers: a research-led approach during Covid-19 and beyond

9 Sep, 2020 4:00 pm
Presented by:

Prof Maureen Robinson; Prof Lee Rusznyak and Prof Carol Bertram

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Work-integrated learning for student teachers: a research-led approach during Covid-19 and beyond

The SAERA Curriculum SIG hosts members from Initial Teacher Education and Knowledge-Building in Educational Practices SIGS for a joint panel discussion.

Background

Every year, thousands of student teachers spend time in schools as part of the work-integrated learning (WIL) components of their pre-service teacher programmes. The COVID-19 pandemic brought a crisis to school placement allocations as uncertainty around school closures and the trajectory of the pandemic meant that universities had to consider alternative ways that enable students to meet their practical learning requirements. This panel attempts to engage with the complexity that COVID-19 currently presents for WIL. This seminar has three parts.

Part 1: ENDURING ISSUES IN RESEARCH ON WORK-INTEGRATED LEARNING: Maureen Robinson

Work-integrated learning forms a central component of all initial teacher education programmes. As such, teacher educators around the world continue to grapple with many conceptual and practical questions about the purpose, form, and substance of student teachers’ time in schools. This section outlines some of these enduring research issues, highlighting those that are particularly implicated during Covid-19.

Part 2: DEVELOPMENT OF THE MODULE ‘TEACHER CHOICES IN ACTION’: Lee Rusznyak

A team of teacher educators drawn from several universities came together to consider how to address the immediate need for a worthwhile and authentic alternative to school-based placements and at the same time, address some of the concerns identified through research.

The team developed a practice-focused online module called ‘Teacher Choices in Action’. It contributes to work-integrated learning through a learning-from-practice approach. The online module provides opportunities for students to analyse how choices are enacted across a diverse range of classroom settings, subjects and learner age groups.

Now ‘live’, approximately 24 600 students from 18 universities are participating in the module.

Part 3: RESEARCH POSSIBILITIES: Carol Bertram

Research associated with the module might focus on the development of teacher expertise through their study of practice, and the potential of the study of practice to contribute to pre-service teacher learning. Research findings are expected to empower the sector to strengthen its curriculum offerings and will inform a work-integrated learning policy currently in draft.

Presenters’ biography:

Maureen Robinson is a Professor in the Department of Curriculum Studies at Stellenbosch University, and a former Dean of Education at CPUT and SU. Her research interests are in teacher education, curriculum reform and teacher professional learning.
Lee Rusznyak is an Associate Professor and Deputy Head at the Wits School of Education. She has published widely on the professional learning of student teachers through work-integrated learning. She has led research on several national projects, including the Teacher Choices in Action and work-integrated learning projects.
Carol Bertram is an Associate Professor at UKZN School of education. Her research interests are in knowledge and curriculum, teacher knowledge and professional learning.
Chris Reddy is a professor in Curriculum studies in the Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University. His research interests include Teacher Education, Environmental Education and Curriculum Studies

Reading:

Maureen Robinson & Lee Rusznyak (2020): Learning to teach without school based experience: conundrums and possibilities in a South African context, Journal of Education for Teaching.
Link to the article

Date: Wednesday, 9 September 2020
Time 16h00 to 17h00
Zoom link:https://ukzn.zoom.us/j/95170104298?pwd=dUxhOGcyeXFwZGN3YlRHcVVXUWc0UT09
Meeting ID: 951 7010 4298
Passcode: 411422

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