Stakeholders’ roles in field experience: some empirical evidence

Eddie W.L. Cheng (Department of Social Sciences, The Education University of Hong Kong, Tai Po, Hong Kong)
Christina W.M. Yu (Department of Social Sciences, The Education University of Hong Kong, Tai Po, Hong Kong)
L.S. Sin (Fung Kai Liu Yun Sum Memorial School, Fanling, Hong Kong)
Carol S.M. Ma (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong)

Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education

ISSN: 2050-7003

Publication date: 8 October 2018

Abstract

Purpose

Field experience (FE) has long been a crucial component of the process of teacher education. Clearly, a range of stakeholders can affect student-teachers’ achievements in FE. Given the importance of these stakeholders in FE, it may be possible to improve FE practices by clarifying the involvement of different parties in the FE process. Since student-teachers are the major beneficiaries in FE, their voices should not be ignored. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to explore student-teachers’ perceptions of the roles played by different stakeholders.

Design/methodology/approach

In a qualitative research design, 18 student-teachers took part in this study. Content analysis was used to classify and compress the large amount of text provided by the informants into a manageable number of categories to track trends, patterns, frameworks and typologies.

Findings

In addition to those of the five major stakeholders of FE (i.e. student-teachers, cooperating teachers, institute supervisors, schools and institutes), this study identified the roles of three other stakeholders (i.e. students, other student-teachers and parents) that had not been widely focused in previous studies.

Originality/value

The present research took the first step to investigate the roles played by different parties in FE from the perspective of student-teachers and offered insights for enhancing student-teachers’ performance in FE.

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Citation

Eddie W.L. Cheng, Christina W.M. Yu, L.S. Sin and Carol S.M. Ma (2018) "Stakeholders’ roles in field experience: some empirical evidence", Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, Vol. 10 No. 4, pp. 556-569

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DOI

: https://doi.org/10.1108/JARHE-08-2017-0103

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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