This research explored the experiences of pre-service teachers at a Catholic university who undertook a service-learning program working with secondary students at an Aboriginal College. Specifically, a qualitative phenomenological study was conducted that focused on the pre-service teachers’ attitudes, knowledge and pedagogy of teaching Aboriginal students. Data were gathered from the pre-service teachers prior to, during and at the completion of the service-learning program. At the heart of the program was the building of relationships that became the catalyst for a change in attitudes and perceptions of the pre-service teachers towards Aboriginal people. It is hoped that this study will provide further insight into service-learning as a pedagogical strategy, supporting pre-service teachers to be better prepared and culturally competent to address the needs of Aboriginal students. Through this service-learning experience, pre-service teachers were also challenged to put their Catholic faith in action, demonstrating compassion and empathy towards others less fortunate than themselves.
Cain, Glenda B.
"Hand in hand we learn together: Service-learning changing pre-service teachers' perceptions of Aboriginal people and culture.,"
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