Berlach, R. G., & Sanders, A. (2007). ‘Tribes TLC’: Teacher education students’ perceptions. 27th Annual Seminar of the International Society for Teacher Education.
Tribes TLC is a process rather than a programme per se that aims to facilitate interactive learning and assist in the engendering of a positive classroom climate. Devised in the USA and imported into a number of contexts internationally, uptake in Australia has been considerable. Thirty second and third year Bachelor of Education students undertook the training hosted by Cooloongalup Primary School prior to participating in a ten week practicum. Data pertaining to the Tribes TLC resource was collected prior to the training phase, post training, and at the conclusion of the practicum. This paper reports the perceptions of students regarding the nature of Tribes TLC as a resource, their participation in the training, and the value of Tribes training for practicum purposes. Further, insights gleaned regarding the transportability of the resource into other international Teacher Education contexts are discussed.