Making it possible : the evolution of RATEP - a community-based teacher education program for Indigenous peoples

York, Frank, and Henderson, Lyn (2003) Making it possible : the evolution of RATEP - a community-based teacher education program for Indigenous peoples. The Australian Journal of Indigenous education, 32 (2003). pp. 77-84.

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Since 1990, the School of Education at James Cook University has produced and delivered a successful off-campus Bachelor of Education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in their home communities through the Remote Area Teacher Education Program (RATEP): A community-based teacher education program for Indigenous peoples. This paper examines five key areas. One is the intersystemic management structure that has majority represenation from Indigenous communities and peak education bodies as well as representaion from the other three stakeholders: Education Queensland, the School of Education at James Cook University and the Tropical North Queensland Institute of Technical and Further Education (TAFE). A second area is RATEP's innovative use of information and communication technologies in teaching and learning. A third theme is its dynamic evolution from (a) two dedicated RATEP sites in the Torres Strait to 12 sites throughout Queensland; (b) geographically remote sites to a combination of remote, rural, and urban sites; (c) a principle where sutdents gather at a dedicated site with its own teacher-coordinator to clusters where a number of students are living in different locations and the coordinator travels between these; (d) movement of sites from location to location depending on need and demand; and (e) a fixed program to a highly flexible one that allows multiple entry and exit points, including honours. A fourth area is the critical insights generated from research into the program by Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers. The final theme is the retention of graduates from RATEP within the classroom and their promotion into the administrative and advisory teaching sectors.

Item ID: 1724
Item Type: Article (UNSPECIFIED)
ISSN: 1326-0111
Keywords: history, ICT, IMM, interactive multimedia, Indigenous, teacher training, RATEP, Remote Area Teacher Education Program
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Reproduced with permission from Australian Journal of Indigenous Education.

Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2007
FoR Codes: 22 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220202 History and Philosophy of Education @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 67%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 33%
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