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Making space: Exploring alternative pedagogies in teacher education

Glass, C. and Ditchburn, G. (2009) Making space: Exploring alternative pedagogies in teacher education. In: 24th Western Australian Institute for Educational Research (WAIER) Forum, 1 August 2009, Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley Campus


As teacher educators working with students from diverse backgrounds we are interested in a pedagogy that validates what pre service teachers bring to the process of learning and teaching. The publication of the Review of Higher Education in Australia (Bradley, 2008) where the recommendation to include more students from disadvantaged backgrounds is made, has caused us to more fully consider a pedagogy that is inclusive of student experience. But how can we more effectively create the necessary spaces to do this within the constraints of a university context? How can we create alternative ways of constructing teacher identity, one that is characterised by autonomy, risk taking and agency? More importantly how can we avoid using a deficit paradigm to frame our work?

To respond to these questions, we have sought views about teaching and learning from a small group of teacher educators, and students who have entered university through alternative entry points. The students' and educators' perspectives on current practices will be framed in terms of the work of Down et al (2008) on education for empowerment and the conceptual understandings of 'standpoint pedagogy'. Our preliminary work in this area has provided us with unexpected challenges.

Keywords: Standpoint pedagogy, empowerment, inclusivity

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