Knowledge making by pre-service teachers on a professional placement experience in a remote Australian indigenous community

Auld, Glenn, Charles, Claire, Dyer, Julie, Levy, Gary and Marshall, Alan 2013, Knowledge making by pre-service teachers on a professional placement experience in a remote Australian indigenous community, in ATEA 2013 : Knowledge makers and notice takers: teacher education research impacting policy and practice : Proceedings of the Australian Teacher Education Association Conference 2013, ATEA, [Brisbane, Qld.], pp. 1-7.

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Title Knowledge making by pre-service teachers on a professional placement experience in a remote Australian indigenous community
Author(s) Auld, Glenn
Charles, Claire
Dyer, Julie
Levy, Gary
Marshall, Alan
Conference name Australian Teacher Education Association Conference (2013 : Brisbane, Qld.)
Conference location Brisbane, Qld.
Conference dates 30 Jun.- 3 Jul. 2013
Title of proceedings ATEA 2013 : Knowledge makers and notice takers: teacher education research impacting policy and practice : Proceedings of the Australian Teacher Education Association Conference 2013
Editor(s) unknown
Publication date 2013
Conference series Australian Teacher Education Association conference
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Publisher ATEA
Place of publication [Brisbane, Qld.]
Summary This paper reports on the preliminary investigations of an emerging program of research in which the authors are engaged. The program aims to generate new understandings for effective teacher education drawing on data from non-Indigenous pre-service teachers who undertook a teaching placement in remote Indigenous schools in Australia. The overall goals of this research gather around the notion of ‘building belonging’. The initial stage of this project sought to enable pre-service teachers to increase their awareness of the places and institutional practices operating within and between remote Indigenous communities and themselves. The twelve participants were interviewed while on three-week placements around Katherine and in Maningrida in the Northern Territory, Australia, during 2012. The paper elaborates various ways in which the remote placement experience began to challenge, positively disrupt, question and even (re) shape their professional learning and identities. Existing literature reporting on the experiences of largely white, middle class pre-service teachers in unfamiliar cultural contexts draws attention to themes of disruption, and the potential for meaningful and transformative professional learning experiences in such contexts (eg Gannon, 2010; Marble, 2012; Phillips, 2011; Ryan & Healy, 2009). Drawing on some of these insights from the literature, our preliminary reading of the data reveal the variety of ways and differing extents to which participants experienced disruptive, or potentially transformative professional learning moments during the placement. We conclude the paper by pointing towards some key areas for further investigation, in order to progress our research program around building belonging between pre-service teachers and remote Indigenous communities.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
HERDC collection year 2013
Copyright notice ©2013, ATEA
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30058722

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Education
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