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Mediating Teacher Learning Through Dialogical Learning Spaces Integrated in a Practicum Experience

Show simple item record Molina,Sarina Chugani 2018-07-25T10:03:37Z 2018-07-25T10:03:37Z 2015
dc.identifier.issn 2210-1578
dc.description.abstract Teacher preparation programs in the field of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) often require pre-service teachers to engage in some observations and teaching as part of their coursework or practicum. Some programs require their students to observe classrooms and record their thoughts in their observation journals. These observation journals could vary from being unguided with little or no support to being guided with specific directions or readings on what to observe. For practicum students, they may be asked to tutor one-on-one, work in small groups or teach the entire class, but what they are expected to learn from these experiences remains unclear. This article reports on a case study, documenting the learning of two candidates and myself, serving both as their mentor teacher and teacher educator, as we worked together to negotiate their learning tasks during their practicum experiences. Throughout the process beginning with unguided journals then transitioning to guided journals, and finally microteaching experiences, it was hoped that the dialogical learning spaces interwoven throughout these iterations would serve as a mediation tool to understand candidate learning from these experiences. As a mentor teacher seeking to provide optimal learning experiences for these candidates, it became clear that navigating teacher learning is indeed a challenging and complex task. Further research in this area may support mentor teachers in providing teacher candidates with the kinds of deliberate dialogues necessary to gain insight into candidate learning about teaching practice. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Bahrain en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International *
dc.subject Teacher preparation en_US
dc.subject teacher learning en_US
dc.subject practicum en_US
dc.subject TESOL en_US
dc.subject mediation tools en_US
dc.subject sociocultural theory en_US
dc.title Mediating Teacher Learning Through Dialogical Learning Spaces Integrated in a Practicum Experience en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.volume 03
dc.issue 01
dc.source.title Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education
dc.abbreviatedsourcetitle JTTE

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