Motivation for using the strategy - Case Study 10: Constructing themselves as teachers
Part 5 in Case Study 10: Constructing themselves as teachers a case study from Enhancing the Effectiveness of Tertiary Teaching and Learning through Assessment.
Motivation for using the strategy
The motivation for the teaching spirals was prompted by the Early Childhood Education team's realisation that some students could not see the relationship between the seemingly discrete written tasks in the practicum, "They didn't understand that these processes were supposed to be building on each other". This prompted Robyn to lead the redevelopment of the written tasks for the practicum components "to find a way to link this more for the students, to give them more direction".
Purpose of the assessment
The purpose of the teaching spirals is to provide opportunities for students to really experiment with their teaching, to explore, to reflect and think critically. The aim is for the practicum to be a significantly meaningful part of the teaching programme, so that students can answer the question, Who am I as a teacher?:
It's about them formulating their philosophy, being able to articulate that, and justify their philosophy from a theoretical perspective. It is not about us telling them who they are as a teacher; we want them to construct themselves as teachers. They need to become the excellent teacher that they want to be.