Focus on the Field
An in-depth look at the Teacher Practicum in faculties of education across the province of Alberta. Join teacher educators, researchers, preservice teachers and their mentors as we explore current issues, challenges and opportunities surrounding this core component of learning to teach.

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Episode Six – Communication and Feedback in the Teacher Practicum

We’ve heard throughout this series about the importance of communication. Jeff Turner is a Sessional Instructor at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. He also acts as a university advisor for student teachers and mentors in the…

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Episode Five – Coaching and Mentoring in the Teacher Practicum

In this episode, we look at what makes that unique relationship between a mentor and a teacher candidate tick.

Dr. Dawn Burleigh is Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Lethbridge. Like her colleagues at the University of…

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Episode Four – The Teaching Quality Standard

In this episode, we take a look at Alberta’s Teaching Quality Standard (TQS) from the perspective of someone who has worked on its development, a brand new teacher, and the current president of the Alberta Teachers Association (ATA).

We talk about…

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Episode Three – Students Who Struggle

We know that true learning always involves some sort of struggle. Learning to teach is no exception.

In this episode, we look at some of the common ways in which teacher candidates struggle during their practicum experiences, what is at the heart…

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Episode Two: Wellness in the Teacher Practicum

In this episode, we look at the importance of wellness in the teacher practicum, some of the causes of stress that could impact a teacher candidates sense of well-being, and the conditions for a practicum experience where both candidates and mentors…

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Episode One – The Teacher Education Practicum – Mapping the Landscape

In this first episode of Focus from the Field, we speak with teacher educators from across the province of Alberta. Each of our guests have responsibility of coordinating and supporting the practicum experiences for preservice teacher candidates in…

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Host

Stephen Hurley

Chief Catalyst voicEd Radio Canada

Stephen Hurley has spent nearly 40 years as an educator. He has experience as a classroom teacher, a curriculum consultant, a teacher educator and a policy observer. As the founder and chief catalyst at voicEd Radio, Hurley is passionate about nurturing stronger relationships between education research, practice and policy.