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Rethinking relationships in teacher education partnerships: The Compact experience

Sue Sharp and Susan Krieg
School of Education, Edith Cowan University
"I really love the mentoring role. I think the relationship we have built with the student teachers this year will continue long past the practice"

"Walking through the school on Thursdays you never a see a classroom with one on thirty. Every class is involved in small group work. Having the student teachers in the school over the year was such an asset".
Professional practice has always been a pivotal and valued aspect of all Teacher Education courses. These quotes come from two Joondalup District school teachers, who in 2002 worked differently with student teachers from the new K-7 and Middle Years Programs at Edith Cowan University (ECU) Joondalup.

The new programs, linked with the establishment of the Compact, provided the opportunity to work in new, mutually productive and innovative ways with schools in the Joondalup District. As reflected in the comments, the collaborative processes and relationship building within the new ECU / Joondalup District teacher education partnership are having positive outcomes for the children, the student teachers and the staff in the Compact Schools.

This paper explores the collaborative processes and structures within the University and the partnership with the Joondalup Education District, which have facilitated relationships and a sense of a learning community. Through working differently in schools, this partnership has opened up opportunities for collaborative curriculum inquiry, joint research and stronger links formed between the program at the University and professional practice.

Please cite as: Sharp, S. and Krieg, S. (2003). Rethinking relationships in teacher education partnerships: The Compact experience. In Partners in Learning. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 11-12 February 2003. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2003/abstracts/sharp-abs.html

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