Local and global - conflicting perspectives? The place of overseas practicum in preservice teacher education
International practicum is disappearing from teacher education programs with the increasing pressures for 'local experience'. International practicum is seen as too different from local contexts to develop preservice teachers to meet professional standards. This study explores the teaching development of a group of 24 preservice teachers from a regional university on a placement in Beijing and examines the ways they make explicit connections between their learning on overseas practicum and their teaching in Australia. The findings indicate that it is precisely the difference in teaching contexts that enables professional development in key areas of professional standards. The study challenges perceptions of overseas practicum as 'cultural tourism' and also the presumption of conflict between preparing teachers for both global and local contexts.
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