Finding My Way Not the Highway: Supporting First-year Preservice Teachers

By Coral Cara.

Published by The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education

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Research shows that numerous tertiary students exit their courses prior to completion. In particular, first-year preservice teachers face many specific challenges including adjusting to the demands of tertiary academic requirements, such as the university and school-placement environments, and first-year students who are often unfamiliar with the independent responsibilities placed upon them. Additionally, the cohort of students attending this university must often grapple with other “at-risk” factors including financial stress, cultural and linguistic diversity, being the first in the family to attend university, and the requirement to work to support their opportunity to study. This practice-based paper describes and reflects upon strategies to support first-year preservice teachers. The data and findings enable review and reflection of the strategies employed.

Keywords: Tertiary Education, Student Engagement, Student Retention, Student Success

The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education, Volume 23, Issue 3, September 2016, pp.19-35. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: August 2, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 550.154KB)).

Coral Cara

Lecturer, College of Education, Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia