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Classroom ready and ready classrooms: Are schools preservice teacher ready?

Ledger, S.ORCID: 0000-0001-7050-1001 (2015) Classroom ready and ready classrooms: Are schools preservice teacher ready? In: 30th Annual Research Forum. Western Australian Institute for Educational Research (WAIER): Why Do Education Research?, 8 August 2015, Tannock Hall, The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle.


Much scrutiny has centred on the quality of pre-service teachers and their readiness for the workforce recently. However, little has been discussed or researched about school readiness for pre-service teachers. There is little debate about the shared responsibility of Schools and Universities to transform pre-service teachers into professional teachers, but there is debate as to the role and responsibilities that schools have in the preparation of preservice teachers (PSTs). This paper explores the issue at a national, state and school policy level. It presents an example of these policies in practice and in so doing presents enablers and barriers to establishing school readiness. WA schools offering a 12-month internship program highlight the importance of leadership, organizational structures and the development of school/university mentoring cultures to enhance practicum experiences for PSTs. The findings present possibilities for a more systemic approach to policy implementation surrounding shared responsibility between schools and universities so as to better prepare our next generation of teachers.

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