Supportive Structures: International Students and Practicum in Darwin Schools

By Jennifer Buckworth, Marilyn Kell and Jenny Robinson.

Published by The International Journal of Diversity in Education

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published online: January 2, 2015 $US5.00

This project addresses the needs of international preservice teachers undertaking practicum or work-integrated learning in Darwin classrooms. With increasing demands for graduates who are “workplace ready”, work-integrated learning has been applied to most teaching degrees. University and school-based practitioners supervise requisite practicums that must be enacted within regulated and supervised conditions for placement.

Theoretically informed by Ulrich Beck’s work on risk societies, the project seeks to explore cultural uncertainties and educational challenges for International students undertaking practicum. The risk society has implications for education in that governments must continue to provide for educational facilities that meet political promises and market demands, yet provide for the emergent needs of individuals who now exercise increasing choice in their future. With increases in mobility, globalisation and modernisation, the potential for disempowerment and discomfort in culturally unfamiliar settings can result with a student being identified as ‘at risk’ during this time.

The project establishes interventions in which researchers, practitioners and teachers build a pedagogy that takes into account second language principles, acculturation, professional relationships, sociocultural factors and appropriate proactive preparation and classroom support.

The major outcome will provide supportive learning that maximises student engagement and classroom teaching outcomes for International Preservice students.

Keywords: Learner Diversity, Practicum

The International Journal of Diversity in Education, Volume 15, Issue 1, March 2015, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 2, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 199.020KB)).

Jennifer Buckworth

Director of Professional Experience, Law, Education, Business and Arts, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

Dr. Marilyn Kell

Academic Language and Learning Lecturer, Office of Pro Vice-Chancellor, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia

Dr. Jenny Robinson

Principal, Department of Education and Children's Services, Wanguri School, Darwin, NT, Australia