Stories from the third space: teacher educators' professional learning in a school/university partnership

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In this chapter, the authors, as teacher educators, present a narrative account of the professional learning they gained from their involvement in a schooluniversity partnership, which focused on the provision of the professional experience component of an undergraduate initial teacher education (ITE) course. The authors outline the context and aims of this ‘third space’ partnership, then recall significant events/moments that triggered deep reflection and learning about what it is to be a teacher educator involved in collaborative partnerships with schools to provide innovative professional experiences for pre-service teachers. They found that the collaborative nature of the partnership helped them to reassess the purposes of professional experience in ITE, and their role in its provision. The collaboration was generative in terms of the structure and organisation of the practicum, the pedagogical strategies developed, and the professional relationships that were established. The authors argue that, despite the challenges, school-university partnerships are essential to the successful implementation of productive and sustained professional experience for pre-service teachers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRe-imagining Professional Experience in Initial Teacher Education
Subtitle of host publicationNarratives of Learning
EditorsAngela Fitzgerald, Graham Parr, Judy Williams
Place of PublicationSingapore Singapore
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9789811308154
ISBN (Print)9789811308147
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Professional experience
  • teacher education

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