“The impact of online learning on students’ professional experience preparation: A school university partnership approach”

Bethany Carter, Jessica Amy Sears

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School-university partnerships have the potential to enhance Teacher Education students’ (TES’) understanding of the connections between theory and practice. However, there is difficulty providing TES with practice-based activities in online learning subjects. In the current climate, online modes of learning have become increasingly popular and the ability to develop TES’ professional experience preparedness within an online learning school-university partnership setting, has the potential to provide TES with access to the benefits of the partnership, whilst still learning remotely.
The study aimed to strengthen TES’ understanding of the connection between theory and practice in online learning settings by adopting a school-university partnership to the teaching of a professional experience subject. Through the co-delivery and co-design of subject resources across four sessions, the study sought to gain insight into the perceptions of the TES, and school and academic
staff members.
This qualitative longitudinal study used the academic’s and teacher’s professional
reflections and TES responses to the formal university subject evaluation surveys as data. The findings are presented in the form of two ethnographies (Huhtinen-Hildén, 2017), and student data was analysed using thematic analysis (Roberts et al., 2019).
The school-university partnership enhanced the TES’ placement preparedness, and the subject resource design and delivery aided the TES’ understanding of the connections between theory and classroom practice. Subject delivery was enhanced by providing realistic and relevant information that aided TES’ preparation for contemporary school practice.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2022
EventHERDSA 2022 - Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 27 Jun 202230 Jun 2022
Conference number: 41


ConferenceHERDSA 2022
Abbreviated titleProfessional learning for changing academic practices
OtherThe HERDSA Executive and Victorian Branch are delighted to invite you to join us at HERDSA 2022, the annual conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA), to be held in Melbourne Australia, 27-30 June 2022.

HERDSA 2022 will inspire: drawing together experience, analysis and insight in a rapidly changing environment. The disruption of the global pandemic has challenged our assumptions and prompted deep reflection and creative solutions. We are changing the way we work, learn and interact, but we are building from strength.
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