Using constructive alignment in the redesign of a first year teacher education subject that incorporates community service learning
Community service-learning is a recognised pedagogical approach in higher education especially in a North American context. However, it is less common in Australian higher education and especially so in a first year teacher education subject. This nuts and bolts session reports on an innovative subject in the first year program of a teacher education program that incorporates community service-learning and foundational principles of sociology. After describing this subject and demonstrated student outcomes we discuss how to redesign this subject using constructive alignment to better achieve our aim of facilitating preservice teachers informed and experiential understanding of structural inequality within societies and factors that impact on unequal access to education for students.
14th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference: Design for student access, Fremantle, Australia 28 June - 1 July 2011