"Because uni is totally different than what you do at TAFE"

Protective strategies and provisions for diploma students traversing their first professional experience placement at university

Fay Hadley*, Rebecca Andrews

*Corresponding author for this work

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    Abstract

    Students who enrol in a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) at the Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University, with a Diploma in Children’s Services attained from a Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institution or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) often experience challenges in their first professional experience unit. Utilising a phenomenological approach to understand the students’ previous knowledge and experiences as they navigated through their first professional experience unit, this qualitative study identified factors including institutional structures and course content as challenging to the diploma student. To ensure diploma students can successfully transition to and participate in their first professional experience unit at university, all stakeholders including the university, the academics teaching the students, and the students themselves need to commit to a multilevel support programme. Key findings from this study support the previous research on this student cohort.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)262-276
    Number of pages15
    JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education
    Volume43
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2015

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