The Hawthorn Institute of Education has had a long tradition of training Technical and Further Education (henceforth, 'TAFE') teachers. The TAFE context in general (and the practicum context in TAFE colleges in particular) gives rise to many difficulties and challenges which do not beset the pre-service education of secondary teachers (at least not to the same degree). In this paper, after briefly sketching the historical context of TAFE and TAFE teacher preparation, attention is drawn to the diversity of TAFE in Victoria. Following this, some examples of· practicum supervision situations are provided to illustrate how they differ from the standard teaching round in secondary schools. Some issues which arise from this description are discussed. The aim of the paper is to provide an expository and historical perspective on TAFE teacher preparation in Victoria.
The Practicum in TAFE Teacher Education : The Challenge of Contextual Diversity..
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 20(2).