Teacher education, community service learning and student efficacy for community engagement

Malone, K, Butcher, J, Howard, P, Labone, E, Bailey, M, Groundwater Smith, S, McFadden, M, McMeniman, M and Martinez, K 2003, 'Teacher education, community service learning and student efficacy for community engagement', Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 109-124.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Teacher education, community service learning and student efficacy for community engagement
Author(s) Malone, K
Butcher, J
Howard, P
Labone, E
Bailey, M
Groundwater Smith, S
McFadden, M
McMeniman, M
Martinez, K
Year 2003
Journal name Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education
Volume number 31
Issue number 2
Start page 109
End page 124
Total pages 15
Publisher Carfax Publishing
Abstract The diversity of student backgrounds and the increasing number of school students from low socio-economic areas requires teachers to have an understanding of students' worlds and to be committed to social justice both within school structures and curriculum as well as in the life of the wider community. In this context, community service learning for teacher education students is becoming increasingly important. Social engagement with marginalised people, however, such as that experienced during community service learning, can be confronting for students as it is usually outside their previous life experience. This article examines the role of community service learning within teacher education nationally and internationally. First, the article focuses on national and international perspectives regarding community engagement, teacher education and service learning. Next, the article describes three Australian case studies of community service learning as purposeful workplace learning. Finally, the article reports findings relating to student teachers' efficacy for community engagement from one of these case study sites. The article proposes that the role of community service learning must be at the centre of debates about how teacher education should be reformed. Further, the article argues that community engagement of staff and students is also an expression of the corporate citizenship of the university.
Subject Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
DOI - identifier 10.1080/13598660301612
Copyright notice © 2003 Australian Teacher Education Association
ISSN 1359-866X
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