The school-community integrated learning pathway: exploring a new way to prepare and induct final-year preservice teachers
Hudson, S, Hudson, P, Adie, L 2015, 'The school-community integrated learning pathway: exploring a new way to prepare and induct final-year preservice teachers', Improving Schools, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 221-235.
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Universities and teacher employment bodies seek new, cost-effective ways for graduating classroom-ready teachers. This study involved 32 final-year preservice teachers in an innovative school–university partnership teacher education programme titled, the School-Community Integrated Learning (SCIL) pathway. Data were collected using a five-part Likert scale survey with extended written responses. Survey results showed that preservice teachers involved in the SCIL pathway learnt more about the teaching profession, which extended their usual university coursework. Furthermore, written responses suggested ways for advancing their understandings to ensure preservice teachers receive a quality school experience towards readiness for teaching.