Connecting for innovation: four universities preparing pre-service teachers to teach in rural, regional and remote Western Australia

Trinidad, Sue, Sharplin, Elaine, Ledger, Sue, and Broadley, Tania (2014) Connecting for innovation: four universities preparing pre-service teachers to teach in rural, regional and remote Western Australia. Journal of Research in Rural Education, 29 (2). pp. 1-13.

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Abstract

In 2010 a group of teacher educators from four universities, experienced in rural and remote education, formed the Tertiary Educators Rural, Regional and Remote Network (TERRR Network). The collaborative goal was to improve the quality of graduates taking appointments beyond the metropolitan areas of Western Australia. The TERRR Network developed a research project to improve the capacity of universities to prepare teachers for employment in rural and remote locations. A range of outcomes emerged from the project, including: 1) the development of seven rural and remote-oriented curricula modules linked to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers; 2) a cross-institutional field experience, and; 3) the development of a community of practice involving the Department of Education, universities and schools to address the logistical implications of placing pre-service students in rural and remote locations. This paper reports on the five phases of the project design, with a focus on learning in the field and concludes with reflections on the collaborative process used by the four universities in order to ensure that research evidence informs future policy and program development.

Item ID: 43101
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1551-0670
Funders: Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching (AGOLT), Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia (SPERA)
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2016 05:50
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development @ 100%
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