Teachers, teaching, pedagogies & teacher education (IPCTE)
Initiative aiming to facilitate preservice teacher reflection by enhancing the capacity of teacher mentors to better engage with and support preservice teachers in critical and reflective thinking. (August-November, 2008, $10,000).
- Perspectives on Co-teaching in Queensland primary schools. 2nd International Conference on Special Education Sharing Knowledge & Experience Around the World. Marmaris, Mugla, Turkey June 18-21, 2008.
Darling Point Special School, Charmaine Driver (Principal), Robert McDowall, Margaret Duthie, Janice Rose, and Rod Farrelly (Teacher Mentors).
Reflection on practice continues to be recommended as a strategy to build professional capacity and competence in school communities and in teacher education programs. Queensland College of Teachers in 2006 acknowledged the importance of reflection in teaching by identifying commitment to reflective practice as a professional standard for local teachers. This project aimed to facilitate preservice teacher reflection by enhancing the capacity of teacher mentors to better engage with and support preservice teachers in reflective thinking. Reflection and mentoring have been progressively inserted as critical elements of professional experience across the suite of special education courses. The primary output from this project will be a preliminary guide for coaching preservice teachers in critical and reflective thinking about classroom practice.