Perceived Value of Work-Integrated Learning on the Teaching Efficacy and Classroom Management of Pre-Service Teachers

Casey P. Mainsbridge, Vaughan Cruickshank, Kira Patterson, Arto Grasten

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine associations of teaching competence, autonomous motivation, and self-efficacy between two groups of pre-service teachers enrolled in a four-year Bachelor of Education degree program. One group participated in a Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) pathway and one who did not participate in a Work-Integrated Learning pathway. Self-reports of basic psychological needs, motivational regulations, and self-efficacy were completed by 116 pre-service teachers. Findings indicated that preservice teachers who participated in the WIL pathway had higher levels of efficacy in classroom management, and had higher perceptions of identified regulation, demonstrating that they perceived WIL teaching sessions as a useful way to develop other characteristics of themselves. These findings suggest that exposure to authentic and experiential learning encounters through practical WIL experiences has a favourable impact on pre-service teacher competence, autonomous motivation, and self-efficacy. Incorporating authentic and practical opportunities such as WIL into teacher education programs presents a valuable and feasible option to foster broad skill development and teacher readiness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-102
Number of pages15
JournalAustralian Journal of Teacher Education
Volume47
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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