Making Industry Real to Pre-Teaching Students

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Kathy Jordan Patricia McLaughlin Kathy Littlewood


As academics in an education faculty in a large urban university in Australia, we have grappled with how we can meaningfully involve our industry partners- schoolteachers- in our faculty programs that does more than just pay lip service to their knowledge, skills, and experiences. In 2018 we implemented a new innovative program that aimed to provide a greater connection between university lecturers and industry (practicing teachers), and between lecture halls and school classrooms. This initiative, called Masterclasses, drew on the notion of third space theory, as it aimed to blur the distinction between these fixtures to create spaces where student teachers and industry could co-learn and operate as a community.  

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