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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Coordinators supporting pre-service teachers and school-university partnerships

Rosie Le Cornu
Associate Professor School of Education, University of South Australia

The school coordinator – usually a principal or deputy principal – can play a key role in ensuring that practicum provides quality learning opportunities for pre-service teachers. Traditionally the coordinator's role has been seen as purely managerial and administrative, but recent research has found that the coordinator helps to monitor and assess pre-service teachers' practicum experiences, and provides pedagogical and pastoral support. A study in South Australia has examined the coordinator's pedagogical role. It shows how a small group of coordinators have contributed to the development of learning communities that unite the pre-service teachers with experienced school staff and university staff.


Subject Headings

School leadership
School principals
Teacher training
South Australia