Ryan, J. & Jones, M. (2012). Preservice teacher education partnerships: Creating an effective practicum model for rural and regional preservice teachers. 1-32. Sydney, Australia: Office of Learning and Teaching.
This project will develop and implement inter-university strategies designed to reshape curriculum in the practicum aspect of rural and regional teacher education programs. This collaboration between ACU National and La Trobe University addresses the challenges of establishing effective teaching approaches in the school practicum, in particular that of providing supervision for pre-service teachers who are placed across a wide geographical area. The project will: (1) develop a secure ICT platform shared between ACU and La Trobe which supports rural and regional pre-service teachers' learning during their practicum; (2) create processes and protocols which will allow universities to share supervision of pre-service teachers in these areas; and (3) develop new strategies for universities to create positive partnerships with rural and regional teacher supervisors. The partnership model developed, together with documentation of lessons learned, will be designed to meet the varying needs of other universities with similar challenges.
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