Preparing pre-service teachers for rural teaching: a new approach

White, Simone 2006, Preparing pre-service teachers for rural teaching: a new approach, International journal of Practical Experiences in Professional Education, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 14-19.

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Title Preparing pre-service teachers for rural teaching: a new approach
Author(s) White, Simone
Journal name International journal of Practical Experiences in Professional Education
Volume number 9
Issue number 1
Start page 14
End page 19
Publisher PEPE Inc
Place of publication Kelvin Grove, Qld.
Publication date 2006
ISSN 1832-276X
Keyword(s) preservice teacher education
rural areas
rural schools
teacher recruitment
university school cooperation
education majors
postsecondary education
Deakin University
Summary In Australia, recruitment of high quality teachers is seen as critical for the future of rural education provision. A national inquiry into rural and remote education conducted in 2000 by HREOC supported this claim stating that there is a crisis for rural schools attracting new teachers and blamed teacher education for not doing enough to equip beginning teachers with the skills and knowledge needed for teaching in rural and remote Australia. Although state governments provide financial incentives for potential graduates to embark on a rural practicum placement, this incentive does not appear sufficient. There is an urgent need in teacher education to consider  alternative ways to generate interest in a rural teaching career. This paper describes a pre-service initiative between the metropolitan Burwood campus of Deakin University and a Victorian rural school community. The initiative was designed to enable a cohort of 45 city-based student teachers studying a particular unit to better understand rural issues, pedagogy and ultimately to foster interest in country teaching.
Notes Also Titled: International journal of PEPE Inc.
Language eng
Field of Research 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
200101 Communication Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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