AUT’s first University of Oxford Fellowship has been awarded to Jay Reid in the School of Education.
Jay will travel to England and conduct research at Oxford University later this year as part of the Association of Commonwealth Universities Titular Fellowships.
The Practicum- Reciprocal Relationships with Schools will be Jay’s research area. Traditional views of practicum see student teachers placed in schools, assigned a mentor, complete a placement and assessed by the educational institution they are working in.
Jay argues there may be different ways to conceptualise and organise practicum. For example the Oxford model is a different way. It professionalises the relationship between the teacher education institution and the school.
During his stay at Oxford Jay intends to determine from a school and institutional perspective how the Oxford Model is different by looking at its strengths and what everyone involved in practicum gains from the experience.
He will also explore the notion of reciprocal relationships- an experience that benefits not only the student teacher and the teacher education institution but also the school receiving the student teacher.
Jay hopes his research from this project will inform the future development of practicum in AUT’s School of Education and that the exploration of the reciprocal relationship will open further opportunities for developing different relationships around practicum.
The purpose of the Titular Fellowships is to enable universities of the Commonwealth to develop the human resources of their institutions and countries through the interchange of people, knowledge, skills and technologies.