Creating Local Pathways in University Teacher Education: Planting the Seed
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This chapter shares the very beginnings of the partnership journey, metaphorically as a seed which incrementally developed as opportunities were presented. The university classes for the semester swimming unit EDF2611 were redesigned to create a pathway with the swimming and water safety course qualification—Swim Australia Teacher. Careful mentoring enabled the implementation of ‘hands on’ practical teaching and learning experiences for the university Initial Teacher Education pre-service teachers, quality swimming lessons at no cost for local primary school children (from a disadvantaged socio-economic region), and professional development for teachers.
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