The Challenge of Teaching

Through the Eyes of Pre-service Teachers

  • Gretchen Geng
  • Pamela Smith
  • Paul Black

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Background to the Book

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Gretchen Geng, Paul Black, Pamela Smith
      Pages 3-7
    3. Jenny Buckworth
      Pages 9-17
    4. Gary Fry
      Pages 19-23
    5. Pamela Smith, Gretchen Geng, Paul Black
      Pages 25-32
  3. Literacy and Language

  4. Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-77
    2. Ashlea Ogilvie-Mitchell
      Pages 79-83
    3. Naomi Andreae
      Pages 93-98
  5. Play-Based Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-107
    2. Dayna Clark
      Pages 109-113
    3. Karen Dangerfield
      Pages 129-134
    4. Heather Pedrotti
      Pages 135-140
  6. Knowing Students’ Learning Needs

  7. Engaging Students

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-173
    2. Sally Scollay Booth
      Pages 181-187
    3. Anthony Gugliotta
      Pages 195-200
    4. Alison O’Loughlin
      Pages 201-206
  8. Parental and Societal Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-215
    2. Krista Marie Tucker
      Pages 217-221
    3. Jillian Bedworth
      Pages 223-227
    4. Jamie Robert Cordy
      Pages 241-247
  9. Windup

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Paul Black, Gretchen Geng, Pamela Smith
      Pages 257-263

About this book


This book presents thirty-one accounts by final-year pre-service teachers, providing guidance and insights for less advanced teacher education students, and illustrating the use of life history and narrative stories as methods for pre-service teachers to explore educational issues in classroom practice. This life-history approach identifies those political, economic, and social forces that have impinged on the individual at different points in their life and contributed to the process of changing their identities. These stories are not written by established specialists in the areas they deal with, but instead by novice teachers at the beginning of their paths towards mastering the intricacies of teaching and learning in school settings. As such the book provides a mentoring framework and a means of helping pre-service teachers share their valuable experiences and insights into aspects such as how to manage practicum requirements. It helps establish a supportive relationship among pre-service teachers, providing them with access to valuable peer experiences. In addition it helps pre-service teachers make sense of their own practicum experiences and reflect on their own beliefs and professional judgement to develop their approaches and solve problems in their own classroom practice.


Australian educational settings Classroom practice Indigenous education Life history approach Narratives of teaching Pre-service teacher narrative Pre-service teachers Researching classroom practice Teacher course completion Teacher education Teacher retention Teaching practicum Teaching retention

Editors and affiliations

  • Gretchen Geng
    • 1
  • Pamela Smith
    • 2
  • Paul Black
    • 3
  1. 1.School of EducationCharles Darwin University School of EducationDarwinAustralia
  2. 2.School of EducationCharles Darwin University School of EducationDarwinAustralia
  3. 3.School of EducationCharles Darwin University School of EducationDarwinAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-2569-3
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-2571-6
  • Buy this book on publisher's site