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An Issue of Equity: Providing Access to Initial Teacher Education for Remote Students

Beth Powell, Judy Robison.


Introduction to Teaching is the initial unit studied by students entering any pre-service education program in the School of Education at Murdoch University. The unit serves the purposes of introducing pre-service teachers to the various fields of education and aims to integrate theory and practice by linking on-campus and field experience. Until 1998, the unit was always been presented as an on-campus offering despite the School of Education's general commitment to distance education. Academic staff believed that immediacy of interaction was necessary in order to develop the basis for reflective practice which is central to the School's philosophy. However the recognition that this practice disadvantaged the growing number of external students, especially those in remote locations, required the co-ordinators to redesign the unit. The challenge was to maintain the quality of experience and the commitment to reflective practice in a situation where there was limited opportunity for interaction.

The paper outlines the processes of developing a new external unit and particularly the use of journal writing as a focus for reflection and as a way of initiating and maintaining dialogue with student teachers in remote locations.

Presenters

Beth Powell  (Australia)
Senior Lecturer in Education
School of Education
Murdoch University

Beth Powell is a senior lecturer in Education with responsibilities for the coordination and teaching of curriculum units and both the required introductory and exiting units for the Dip. Ed. And B.Ed programs. Her primary focus is to develop students who are committed to reflective practice as a means of continual professional growth. Beth’s research interests include mathematics education, implementing change and teacher professional development.


Judy Robison  (Australia)
Senior Lecturer in Education
School of Education
Murdoch University

Judith Robison is a senior lecturers in Education with responsibilities for the coordination and teaching of curriculum units and both the required introductory and exiting units for the Dip. Ed. And B.Ed programs. Her primary focus is to develop students who are committed to reflective practice as a means of continual professional growth. Judy’s research interests include Jcitizenship education, teachers’ work and issues of teacher professional development.

Keywords
  • Reflective Practice
  • Journal Writing
  • Distance Education
  • Initial Teacher Education



(30 min Conference Paper, English)