Fulfilling dreams: transitions into an ECE online preservice teacher education degree

Taylor, Pauline (2009) Fulfilling dreams: transitions into an ECE online preservice teacher education degree. In: Proceedings of the annual Conference of the 2009 Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA). pp. 1-7. From: 2009 Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) Conference, 28 June - 1 July 2009, Albury, NSW, Australia.

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There is increased attention on the first year experience at universities generally as a result of the Australian federal government's focus on increased accountability for universities and widening participation in further education (DEST, 2003; Jardine & Krause, 2005; Kift, 2005; Krause, Hartley, James & McInnes, 2005). However, these studies do not address preservice education programs specifically nor do they take into account the experiences of students who embark on teacher preparation courses in virtual environments. There have been few, if any, studies that focus on the experiences of traditionally marginalized groups. This paper builds on research conducted in 2007 (Taylor, 2008; Taylor& Worsley, 2008) and investigates transitions into the Early Childhood Education degree introduced in 2007. It draws on 3 years of university, School and subject data and reveals specific transition issues for online students. Findings suggest more imaginative ways in which both universities and public policy makers can support successful participation of traditionally marginalized groups in online preservice teacher education programs.

Item ID: 10008
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-9752324-4-6
Keywords: teacher education; online learning; early childhood education; policy; equity
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2010 05:35
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators @ 70%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership @ 30%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939903 Equity and Access to Education @ 50%
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