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Theory to Practice in Teacher Education

The Critical Challenge of Translation


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Christine Grima-Farrell, Tony Loughland, Hoa Thi Mai Nguyen
    Pages 1-7
  3. Christine Grima-Farrell, Tony Loughland, Hoa Thi Mai Nguyen
    Pages 27-44
  4. Christine Grima-Farrell, Tony Loughland, Hoa Thi Mai Nguyen
    Pages 97-118
  5. Christine Grima-Farrell, Tony Loughland, Hoa Thi Mai Nguyen
    Pages 119-125

About this book


This book offers a theoretically and empirically robust account of what is known about the effective approaches that translate theory to practice in teacher education, presenting evidence from case studies from a diverse range of contexts informed by various methodological foundations. It also provides accounts that support teacher educators involved in both school and university based teacher education.

The book offers insights into the translation of theory to practice from the long history of teacher education, the benefit of diverse approaches in terms of the effectiveness of initial teacher education, and the impact of professional standards.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Catholic Schools Office, Broken Bay, School of EducationUNSW SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.School of EducationUNSW SydneySydneyAustralia
  3. 3.School of EducationUNSW SydneySydneyAustralia

About the authors

Dr Christine Grima-Farrell is an experienced schoolteacher, special educator and teacher educator. She is President of the NSW Institute of Educational Research and Convenor of the Australian Association of Research in Education Teachers’ Work and Lives special interest group.  Chris was awarded a NSW Premier’s Teaching Award for Excellence for her work in the area of inclusive education and research-to-practice initiatives. Her research was awarded a Beth Southwell Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award and the Charles Sturt University Most Outstanding Thesis Award. Some of her research has been published in her first book: What matters in a research to practice cycle? Teachers as researchers (2017). Chris has also been honoured with an Australian Government Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. She holds University Excellence in Teaching Awards and was awarded the 2019 Brother John Taylor Fellowship. She continues to live her scholarly work with educators as she strives to raise awareness of ways to merge research and practice to support the diverse needs of students and enhance their wellbeing and resilience through promoting collaborative partnerships.
Dr Tony Loughland is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Education at the University of New South Wales. Prior to this appointment he was the Director of Professional Experience in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. Tony has had three book chapters and twenty journal articles published. His recent book entitled Teacher Adaptive Practices Extending Teacher Adaptability into Classroom Practice was published by Springer

Dr Hoa Thi Mai Nguyen is a Senior Lecturer and Co-Chair of the Teacher Education and Development Research Group at the School of Education (UNSW), Australia, specializing in education, teacher development, mentoring, TESOL and sociocultural theory.  She has experience teaching and training pre-service and in-service teachers in Asia and Australia. Her research was highly recognised by a number of awards, most recently a Research Recognition Award for Early Career Researcher. She has published one sole authored book, two edited books and over 15 book chapters and 20 articles. Her recent book entitled Models of Mentoring in Language Education was published by Springer.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Theory to Practice in Teacher Education
  • Book Subtitle The Critical Challenge of Translation
  • Authors Christine Grima-Farrell
    Tony Loughland
    Hoa Thi Mai Nguyen
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs in Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-32-9909-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-32-9910-8
  • Series ISSN 2211-1921
  • Series E-ISSN 2211-193X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 125
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Teaching and Teacher Education
    Professional & Vocational Education
    Education Policy
    Learning & Instruction
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