This investigation of primary school preservice teachers’ sense of belonging during professional experience placements addresses a significant gap in initial teacher education studies, specifically how belonging impacted them during professional experience. Featuring semi-structured interviews with six students, three in Scotland and three in Australia, a hermeneutic phenomenological analysis of the data revealed four themes, relevant in both cultural contexts: 1. being welcomed; 2. settings and procedures; 3. interpersonal interactions; and, 4. strategic behaviours. Our findings point to a sense of belonging being critical to preservice teachers, impacting their cognition, behaviour, wellbeing and capacity to learn while on professional experience placements.
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|Event||Pre-service teachers’ sense of belonging on their professional experience placements: Education Research Matters: Impact and Engagement. Australian Association for Research in Education - University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Sydney, Australia|
Duration: 2 Dec 2018 → 4 Dec 2018
|Talk/Presentation||Pre-service teachers’ sense of belonging on their professional experience placements|
|Period||2/12/18 → 4/12/18|
Dewhurst, Y. A. N., Ronksley-Pavia, M., & Pendergast, D. (2018). Preservice teachers' sense of belonging on their professional experience placement. Paper presented at Pre-service teachers’ sense of belonging on their professional experience placements, Sydney, Australia.