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A proposal for change to teacher education in and for rural and regional Australia

Mays, Heather and Lyons, Damien 2006, A proposal for change to teacher education in and for rural and regional Australia, in ATEA 2006: Making teaching public: reforms in teacher education - proceedings of the 2006 Australian Teacher Education Association National Conference, Australian Teacher Education Association, Perth, W.A., pp. 210-216.

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Title A proposal for change to teacher education in and for rural and regional Australia
Author(s) Mays, Heather
Lyons, Damien
Conference name Australian Teacher Education Association. Conference (2006: Fremantle, W.A.)
Conference location Fremantle, W.A.
Conference dates 5 - 8 July 2006
Title of proceedings ATEA 2006: Making teaching public: reforms in teacher education - proceedings of the 2006 Australian Teacher Education Association National Conference
Editor(s) Gray, Jan
Publication date 2006
Conference series Australian Teacher Education Association Conference
Start page 210
End page 216
Publisher Australian Teacher Education Association
Place of publication Perth, W.A.
Summary In recent years, much attention has been given to the preparation of teachers for rural and regional schools (for example, Marks et al, 2000, Marks et al, 2001, Jones, 2002). Rural and regional teacher education brings with it exciting opportunities for individuals and communities. However, it is also coupled with specific demands on governments, teaching staff and tertiary institutions. However, as yet little attention has been given to how to reform teacher education to address the identified issues (Green & Reid, 2004). At present, the teacher education course offered on the Warrnambool campus of Deakin University is identical to that offered on the metropolitan (Burwood) and regional (Geelong) campuses. The course is a traditional four-year course.

At the Warrnambool campus we are embarking on a project which aims to reconceptualise teacher education for rural and regional contexts. It seeks to: better understand the issues and challenges rural and regional stake holders face within the profession, including both pre-service and service dimensions; identify the context specific knowledge, skills and strategies rural and regional schools are looking for in graduate teachers; and develop and implement a revised Bachelor of Education program that reflects the needs of rural and regional education.

In this paper, we outline how we intend determining the demand for a community-based teacher education program in western Victoria and determining/negotiating community support for such an initiative.
ISBN 0977568504
9780977568505
Language eng
Field of Research 130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2006, Australian Teacher Education Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005924

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Collection: School of Education
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