Preparing preservice teachers' minds, hearts and actions for teaching in remote indigenous communities

Osborne, Barry (2003) Preparing preservice teachers' minds, hearts and actions for teaching in remote indigenous communities. Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 31. pp. 17-24.

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This paper examines some challenges we confront working with preservice teachers prior to serving in remote Indigenous communities. Some challenges include what preservice teachers bring to their studies - subjectivities, experiential understandings of teaching and notions of childhood/adolescence, culture and social justice, all of which involve minds, emotions and our notions of our places in society. Some challenges involve linking new notions of teaching to what they already know which may entail unlearning before relearning. Some challenges involve making sense of the theory/action dialectic - teasing out links between strongly held but unarticulated values, beliefs and actions that derive from them. Some challenges involve anticipating what it might be like to live and teach in a remote setting and preparing to work effectively across cultures. I then discuss how we might tackle them in the light of productive pedagogy and culturally relevant pedagogy (Osborne, 2001a, 2001b).

Item ID: 5928
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1326-0111
Keywords: indigenous education; remote; rural; teacher education
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Reproduced with permission from Australian Journal of Indigenous Education.

Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2010 22:38
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education @ 40%
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