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Reflecting on Improving our Practice: Using Collaboration as an Approach to Enhance First Year Transition in Higher Education

Donnison, Sharn and Edwards, Debra and Martin, Dona and Yager, Zali (2009) Reflecting on Improving our Practice: Using Collaboration as an Approach to Enhance First Year Transition in Higher Education. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 34 (3). pp. 18-29. ISSN 1835-517X

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Abstract

This paper is concerned with teacher collaboration in Higher Education. Specifically, it focuses on how a ‘community of practice’ emerged and developed during the process of enhancing first year transition for pre-service teachers. It is written from the perspective of five teacher educators and is situated within the literature of the first year in higher education and teacher collaboration. In this paper we describe how the process of conceptualising an innovative first year teacher education program, designed to facilitate student retention and engagement, increased our own engagement, motivation and teaching practice. Our experiences suggest that collaboration in Higher Education is not only beneficial to those involved in a community of practice, but also enhances student engagement and transition.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: first year transition, pre-service teachers, higher education, teacher collaboration, education program, teacher practice, first year program
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Education
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Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2013 02:55
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2013 03:12
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/22417
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