What's up DOCC? Creating third space courses in teacher education

Elsden-Clifton, J and Jordan, K 2015, 'What's up DOCC? Creating third space courses in teacher education', in Proceedings of the annual conference of the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA), Darwin, Australia, 8-10 July 2015, pp. 1-8.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title What's up DOCC? Creating third space courses in teacher education
Author(s) Elsden-Clifton, J
Jordan, K
Year 2015
Conference name ATEA 2015 Conference: Strengthening partnerships in teacher education: Building community, connections and creativity'
Conference location Darwin, Australia
Conference dates 8-10 July 2015
Proceedings title Proceedings of the annual conference of the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA)
Publisher Australian Teacher Education Association
Place of publication Australia
Start page 1
End page 8
Abstract There are increasing calls to improve the quality of Teacher Education by reconceptualising the connection between university-based coursework and the teaching practicum. In response, the School of Education at RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria redesigned courses in its first year program to interconnect the two spaces of universities (first space) and schools (second space) in an effort to facilitate Third Spaces. This paper focuses on how one university designed a practicum or Work Integrated Learning (WIL)-based course, underpinned by a Distributed Open Collaborative Course (DOCC) pedagogical approach, aiming to navigate and bridge the two spaces with the intent of realising third spaces. Using data from focus groups, we examine pre-service teachers' (PST) perceptions of this redesign. In doing so, we illuminate some of the possibilities and challenges in attempting to create a third space course using a DOCC approach.
Subjects Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
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