Developing a Rural Teacher Education Curriculum Package

Simone White, Jodie Kline

Abstract


This paper documents the development of a new website (www.rrrtec.net.au) specifically designed to better equip teacher educators to prepare graduates to teach in rural and regional communities. The two year study (2009-2011) that informed the website’s creation included three data sources: A literature review of research into rural teacher education, a survey of pre-service students who had completed a rural practicum and interviews with teacher educators about the current strategies they used to raise awareness and understanding of the needs of rural students, their families, and communities. An analysis of the data revealed that teacher educators need to focus more on developing graduates to be not only ‘classroom ready’ but also ‘school and community ready’. This analysis provided the framework for the creation of a set of curriculum modules and resources including journal articles, film clips, websites and books that teacher educators could readily and publicly access and use in their own classroom teaching.

Acknowledgments
The RRRTEC project has been supported by the Australian Teaching and Learning Council (ALTC).
The RRRTEC Team
The RRRTEC project team consisted of Professor Simone White (Monash University), Dr Jodie Kline as Research Fellow (Deakin University), Dr Wendy Hastings (Charles Sturt University) and Dr Graeme Lock (Edith Cowan University). The RRRTEC curriculum writing team consisted of Professor Simone White (Monash University), Dr Wendy Hastings (Charles Sturt University), Dr Elaine Sharplin (University of Western Australia), Dr Pauline Taylor (James Cook University) and Dr Jan Page (Charles Sturt University).


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