Sharing an Initial Teacher Education Innovative Professional Practice Model between RMIT University and Indonesian Colleagues
Professor Heather Fehring and Dr. Jennifer Elsden-Clifton the group visited Victoria in August 2016 and spent the week visiting TAPP schools and learning about the ITE professional practice model
Humas UNJ 10/29/2016, Initial Teacher Education (ITE) students require supportive, collaborative and collegiate teaching and learning environments to enhance their teaching and learning capabilities. To facilitate the achievement of this goal the School of Education RMIT University has implemented an innovative model to teacher placement practices. Initially funded by the Department of Education (DET) Victoria the Tertiary Academy Professional Practice (TAPP) the model involves strengthening the professional development of current teachers through stronger school-university partnerships. ITE students not only working in a classroom with a mentor teacher, but also, having the added support of a school-based coach. The school-based coach works on a one-on-one basis with the ITE students providing additional constructive feedback on daily lesson planning, classroom behaviour management and curriculum design and implementation practices. This model originally designed by Dr Jennifer Elsden-Clifton and A/P Kathy Jordan has proved to be winning combination for ITE student professional placement increasing the capacity of schools to provide effective practicum to Pre-Service Teachers.
In 2016 the Australia-Indonesia Institute funded the School of Education RMIT University to work in a collaborative partnership with the Universitas Negeri Jakarta and the Jambi University Sumatara in relation to improving student teachers’ school placement practices. Both Indonesian Universities were very interested in exploring thisnew teacher placement model.
The Indonesian partners are Dr Urip Sulistiyo and Professor Muhammad Rusdi, Dean of the Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, Jambi University Sumatra. Dr. Arita Marini and Dr. Sofia Hartati, Dean of the Faculty of Education, Universitas Negeri Jakarta.
Seen below with Professor Heather Fehring and Dr. Jennifer Elsden-Clifton the group visited Victoria in August 2016 and spent the week visiting TAPP schools and learning about the ITE professional practice model. In 2017 Dr Elsden-Clifton and Professor Fehring will work in Indonesia supporting the two universities to implement this exciting initiative as a pilot program adapted to meet Indonesian needs.