Source: Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, Volume 43, Issue 4,
2015, Pages 338-354
The authors present a sustainable and innovative model for pre-service teacher paired professional placements called the Teaching School model. The Teaching School model was piloted initially in partnership with a Metropolitan University and a P-12 College located in Melbourne’s northern suburbs in 2013.
The authors present evidence of success through the voices of pre-service teachers, mentor teachers and school principals to demonstrate the success of professional experience model.
The findings clearly show the benefit of this model of professional experience for producing work-ready graduates and for creating authentic learning and teaching environments that, according to the school principals and mentor teachers, contribute to school improvement. This research demonstrates that this Teaching School model builds relationships and creates a community of learning and teaching educators; however, its adoption is not without challenges and limitations.