Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Collaborative Practice in Initial Teacher Education: the Use of Paired Subject Placements in the School Practicum

Sorensen Pete, John Sears.

Research findings in Europe and North America have indicated that there are benefits from placing students as subject pairs in the school practicum. This paper draws on the results of a collaborative project involving six university-schools-partnerships in England and reports on research into the practice in two of these partnerships, involving university tutors, mentors and students, using evidence gathered through questionnaires, case studies, structured interviews and videos of teaching practice. The focus has been on the forms of collaboration taking place in paired placements and the way in which these can support the needs of students at different stages of development. The practices identified are examined and possible implications for the organisation of the school practicum are discussed.


Sorensen Pete  (United Kingdom)
Lecturer in Education
School of Education
University of Nottingham

John Sears  (United Kingdom)

  • Initial Teacher Education
  • Peer Learning
  • Collaborative practice

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)